There are the obvious implications of latex allergy such as latex gloves, bike and car tyres and seals, the list is endless, but if do have a latex allergy you need to be prepared in the bedroom. There are now a number of latex free condoms on the market including Durex Avanti, Protex, Pasante, Trojan Supra and Mates Skyn.
These latex free prophylactics are made from polyurethane, Polyisoprene and other plastic and vinyl based materials and so are completely hypo-allergenic and guaranteed latex free.
When I started researching this topic I wasn’t expecting to find a whole market out there for vegan condoms. Oh yes, I was amazed to find that some condoms can contain dairy in the form of casein, so if you also have a dairy allergy you need to be very careful or you could be in for an eye watering experience.
There are a couple of dairy-free prophylactics, including all the latex free ones which are also dairy free, you could try Condomi or Glyde condoms. Instead of using the milk derivative casein, these brands use – strange though it might sound – cocoa powder. Oh well, I always thought sex and chocolate went well together!
If you can’t find these condoms in the shops, and the latex free ones listed above certainly should be in most chemists and supermarkets, check this website: www.condoms.co.uk or alternatively you could try this one: for vegan condoms.
If you have, or suspect that you may have a latex allergy you should consider contacting and joining the Latex Allergy Support Group. They were invaluable to me when I first got diagnosed; you soon discover how many places latex can crop up. They have merged with the Anaphylaxis Campaign.
Latex can also be a problem in the bedroom if you experiment with toys, and I don’t mean the cuddling kind. Without going into too many details I found a whole load of latex free options in all different shapes, sizes and colours on the Sh! website. If you’re feeling daring visit: www.sh-womenstore.com for inspiration.
I thought I’d share this with you as I did struggle to find latex free condoms when I first got diagnosed, in fact at the time I couldn’t find any on the market at all, except the female condom, which for those of you who’ve tried it is a ridiculous product and not really fit for purpose! It’s hilarious, and reminded me of a plastic bag, but you could give it a go, if you want a laugh…
I do hope that having certain words on my blog won’t get it blocked for being unsuitable reading and I’m sure it will attract even more spam posts than I already get, but I hope some of you find this information useful. Enjoy!