It is best advised for people who have latex allergy to switch to synthetic condoms.
Oftentimes, we all use condoms consistently without minding the risk involved. If you ask around, 90% of people will tell you that condoms has no risk, they are good and safe to use forgetting that too much of a good thing is definitely bad for you, not to mention the detrimental for your health.
While condoms are one of the greatest inventions known to mankind and helps avoid the risk of STDs and unwanted pregnancies, it does have some risk factor. So, here in this article I will be highlighting some of the risk factors of using condoms that you never knew.
Risk Factors of Using Condoms
1. It Reduces Natural Lubrication in Women
Some women seem to believe that condoms actually cause va*ginas to produce less lubrication, but it’s not the case.
Instead, s*ex with a condom can feel drier because the surface is fundamentally different to that of a pe*nis, and causes more friction and possible “dry” feelings for both s*ex organs. It’s not sucking moisture out of anything though.
It hasn’t altered your sexual functioning; it’s actually just altered your needs for a smooth ride. Lubrication is a good idea with condoms anyway, but do not use oil-based ones, as they’ll degrade the latex of the condom and raise the risk of breakage.
2. It made you less happy
If you’re on another method of birth control and with a partner who has no STD risks, you may choose to eschew condoms once you’ve heard this one. It turns out that there are links between direct exposure to semen (i.e. without condom use) in women and more happiness.
According to research, it was discovered that higher condom usage seemed to be correlated with lower mood. These have pushed most women into a depression index, people who used no condoms and had regular s*ex are the happiest, while those who always used them are the saddest sexually active group.
Psychology Today explains that higher use of condoms might indicate other lifestyle indicators that may have caused women to feel unhappier, like a lack of stable sexual relationships or the presence of an STD.
There are also compounds in sperm exposure, from female hormone levels to ovulation stimulators and trace elements of things like serotonin and endorphins, that could indeed contribute to happier moods in women. It’s an interesting cocktail, so keep it in mind if your mood seems to plummet in a condom-using relationship.
3. Latex Allergy Risk
Most condoms are made of latex, the fluid that is obtained from rubber trees. The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology notes that some people experience an allergic response to the protein in the rubber.
This is very rare. The symptoms of latex allergy can vary in presentation and severity, ranging from sneezing, runny nose, hives, itching or flushing to more severe signs and symptoms, such as wheezing, swelling, dizziness, and light-headedness.
In certain instances, latex allergies can invoke anaphylaxis, a life-threatening condition. It is best advised for people who have latex allergy to switch to synthetic condoms. However, the chances of condom tear during the act are high with these condoms and they aren’t compatible with most vaginal lubricants too.
4. You are at a risk of acquiring other STDs
Condoms are proven highly effective against HIV and reduce the risk of other diseases, such as syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhea and HPV. However, they do not afford protection against sexually transmitted diseases that can affect the outer layers of the skin, such as scabies infections and molluscum contagiosum.
The American Social Health Association notes that although condoms can reduce the risk of genital herpes, they don’t protect every part of the skin in which the herpes virus can asymptomatically shed and be transmitted to an infected sexual partner.
5. Risk of pregnancy
Condoms are mostly used to prevent an unwanted pregnancy. However, when used correctly condoms can only guarantee 98 percent protection and if used in an improper manner 15 out of 100 women get pregnant.
So if you are using a condom to prevent an unwanted pregnancy be sure that you use a fresh piece and know how to use it right. Condoms that have crossed there expiry date becomes brittle and could break during intercourse.
Two doctors from Dallas have revealed that the male condom can cause cancer in woman. This is due to a dry lubricant used on the surface of condoms. Studies have linked talc to ovarian cancer and to fibrosis on fallopian tubes, thus making some woman infertile.
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