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Emmajen
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I'm not allergic to latex but I find that latex condoms really irritate me. I find them uncomfortable to the point of painful even when I'm already aroused and I'm using a TON of lubricant (astroglide to be specific). I thought I might just be irritated by latex so I tried polyurethane condoms, also when aroused and with lots of extra lube. Turns out they irritated me to! Anybody ever heard of this? Have any suggestion on what I should do?
I was thinking of just forgoing condoms because I'm in a monogamous relationship (2 clean STI tests) and I've been on the pill for 2 years and always take it. I'm just kinda paranoid...

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wobblyheadedjane
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Did either kind of condoms come with spermicide, perchance? Spermicide is often the real culprit when it comes to irritation. Another possibility is that you're sensitive to glycerine, which is present in Astroglide, but there are non-glycerine lubricants out there. I wouldn't give up on condoms just yet, especially if ditching them still makes you a little uneasy, so check out those two possibilities.
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Emmajen
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The condoms didn't use spermicide but I'll look into the glycerine thing. The only thing is that I've used astroglide without condoms and it didn't seem to irritate me...Maybe I should try a different brand of lube anyway. Thanks!
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