Hello! I just joined Scarleteen and would appreciate any help immensely! 1. After some minor irritation I went to the doctor and discovered that I am allergic to latex and was wondering if anyone had any great suggestions for non latex codoms... 2. I have really sensitive skin and was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for lubricant that isn't scented/flavored/warming/cooling that is compatible with non latex condoms
Thanks! I (and I'm sure my partner as well) would be extremely grateful for any help:)
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Welcome to Scarleteen.
There are indeed non-latex condoms. You'll want to make sure the box says "non latex" and specifically polyurethane. There are animal-derived non-latex condoms, but we don't recommend those as they don't protect against STI transmission. So polyurethane is what you'll want to look for.
The lube question is a little more complicated as there are so many lubes on the market. It may, unfortunately, be a matter of trial and error for you to figure out which formulations are and are not irritating.
The simpler the ingredient list the better. IN terms of lubricants easily found at the drugstore, I don't know what you've tried but you could try the water-based formulation by Wet. Other brands that may not be available at the drugstore include Emerita and Sliquid. If you are over 18, you can access these (if they're not readily available) at a sexuality shop or online.
What you might want to do is go online, look at a bunch of brands, and compare ingredients. Some things to look out for are parabens, flavourings/scents, glycerin (if you're prone to yeast infections or worry that you might be).
We can definitely talk about this some more and figure out what would work for you.
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In addition to Robin's excellent advice, I just wanted to mention that the female condom is also non-latex, and while they are a bit more pricey, they may also be an option you could look into.
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