Love Latex? Here’s What Natural Latex Is Made From
Curious about natural latex? It’s all the rage in Hollywood nowadays. From starlets to directors, everyone’s switching from conventional latex to a more natural form.
Why? Because conventional condoms contain a variety of chemicals unsuitable for human use. If you don’t believe us, read on to discover the problems for yourself.
Benzocaine and Hormones
The chemical Benzocaine minimizes sensitivity, giving men a longer-lasting erection. That may sound beneficial for your love life, but are the side effects worth it? You see, benzocaine may also lower a man’s sex drive.
It acts on a man’s endocrine system, disrupting the regular hormone messaging system. Unfortunately, that affects sex drive, sleep, and a list of other complications. Fortunately, that chemical isn’t found in natural rubber latex like that found in Sir Richard’s, Glyde, and Hollywood Condoms,
Nonoxynol and STIs
Say hello to the spermicide, nonoxynol. This little chemical is responsible for killing all those little swimmers that normally get a woman pregnant. Unfortunately, it also has the nasty habit of killing healthy cells too, namely those in the vaginal tract.
That makes women more susceptible to sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Though the jury is still out, many gynecologists also say it may also increase the likelihood of contracting a urinary tract infection (UTI) too. Most natural latex condoms do not come with any form of spermicide, so you’ll need to decide whether the tradeoff is worth it.
Glycerin and Yeasts
If you’re already prone to yeast infections, avoid glycerin. It’s a popular lubricant used in most over-the-counter condoms. Unfortunately, excess glycerin breaks down in the vaginal tract to form sugar.
Yep, that’s what yeast feeds on. An increase in yeast is what causes yeast infections.
The average natural latex condom doesn’t use glycerin. It relies on other water, silicone, or oil-based lubricants instead.
Casein and Allergies
Are you a vegan? Then it’s time to hang up your conventional condoms for good. The same is true if you have dairy allergies.
Conventional condoms contain casein, a protein derived from cow’s milk. The protein may produce a rash or inflammation in sensitive areas, such as your primary erogenous zones if you’re allergic. For most folks, that translates to uncomfortable or downright painful sex.
If you’re a vegan, using conventional condoms also means a break from your otherwise cruelty-free lifestyle. Do you want a condom that doesn’t line up with your value system?
Nitrosamine and Tumors
Did you know that nitrosamine may be a carcinogen? At least, that’s what the World Health Organization says. Nitrosamine, or rather the impurities found in most batches, may trigger tumor growth in otherwise healthy adults.
The presence of this chemical is unacceptable in your medicines. Why should your condoms be any different?
Natural Latex and Other Condom Options
If conventional latex and natural latex options won’t work, you have a few other options. They include polyurethane, polyisoprene, lambskin, and even female condoms. Try each out to see which works best for you.
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