Talking latex sensitivity and anal sex

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Three years ago, I was having a conversation with my doctor about my sexual life and experience. I then told her about the extreme discomfort I was experiencing during sex and that’s when we started having the conversation about latex sensitivity or allergy.

Latex sensitivity symptoms include a rash or burning and itching sensation on your genitals, you may be experiencing a mild latex allergy. Please note, you need to get your rashes checked out because they may be another STI/D. But generally, they would be consistent with your condom use.

I say I have a latex sensitivity because I don’t always get a rash and I’m more sensitive to certain types of latex. I can tolerate some, but certain latex condoms cause extreme discomfort and pain. At times I can’t continue having penetrative sex and I’ll have to cut the whole deed very short.

That is why I then had to look into alternatives which were not easy to find and still isn’t. Through research, I learnt that there are different types of condoms.

Non-latex and latex condoms. Latex is the standard condoms that are available freely.

The popular non-latex condoms and ‘safer’ options are either polyisoprene or polyurethane condoms. These types of condoms are still as safe as latex condoms. There’s limited transparency on condom material generally in South Africa. So, finding the right condom can be a laborious task. But Skyn condoms changed my sexual experience.

Skyn condoms really helped me with the burning and paining sensation that I’d experience during sex. They are available at Clicks, Dischem, and Pick n Pay. 

Polyisoprene is the material used to make Skyn condoms. This material is very different from the rubber latex condoms which is the standard condom material. Click here to watch a video that speaks more about polyisoprene and Skyn.

I know Durex also offer some non-latex options. But I don’t think I’ve seen those in SA. The Real Feel is the non-latex in SA and the UK. However, they have different packaging when looking on the internet. But the description and reviews suggest that they are non-latex.

Female condoms are another good alternative for people with a latex allergy or latex sensitivity. Female condoms are made from nitrile. This is hypoallergenic, so it doesn’t irritate sensitive genital skin. I’ve never used one but I have heard that they can be used for anal sex as well.

Click here for an article by Health4Men on how to use a female condom for gay anal sex. Female condoms help with a lot of problems like the size of condom because they have a bigger circumference.

A note on using Female condoms is that you should not double up because the friction between the two condoms would lead to them bursting. If you’ve used femdoms please let me know in the comments section below. Also, reading on these condoms has me curious because of the technicalities of gay sex and I think they’d solve these problems.

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