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6 side-effects of condoms you never knew

Using condoms is an essential means of birth control. However, while birth control may be the primary purpose, a condom is also able to provide other benefits to the user. its also a sure way of  protection from sexually transmitted infections or STIs.
However, While condoms are one of mans greatest inventions known to help avoid the perils of STDs and unwanted pregnancies, it does have some ill-effects.
Here are few side effects of condom that you never knew:
Most condoms are made of latex, the fluid that is obtained from rubber trees. The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology research noted 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.
Acquiring other STDs
Condoms are proven highly effective against HIV and reduce the risk of other diseases, such as syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhoea 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. Studies have found out 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.
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 their expiry date becomes brittle and could break during intercourse.

Risk to partner’s health: Two doctors from Dallas, Texas claim that the male condom can cause cancer in the woman. The culprit, they claim, is talc, a dry lubricant used on the surface of condoms. Studies have linked talc to ovarian cancer and to fibrosis on fallopian tubes, thus making the woman infertile. Drs Candace Kasper and P J Chandler point out that the American Food and Drug Administration has recognized the dangers when talc has been applied to surgical gloves, and so banned the practice, but still allowed the substance to be coated on condoms. Their observations have been reported in Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

Reduced sensitivity:

Condoms available these days are generally extra thin to heighten sensitivity during the lovemaking session. Still, some people complain about reduced sensitivity when using condoms as a contraceptive method. They claim that the pleasure during sexual intercourse is reduced due to the latex barrier. In such a case we would recommend using oral contraception and IUD. But these methods are better if you are engaged with one partner as they do not prevent STIs.

Risk of slipping out

An external condom is rolled on an erect penis and should be pulled out of the vagina immediately after ejaculation. Once the penis becomes flaccid the condom may slip accidentally, releasing the semen into the vagina. It may lead to unwanted pregnancies and STIs. Pulling out the barrier at the right time might get difficult for people at times.

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