It’s official: I am allergic to latex. And it took me entirely too long to figure it out.

You see, it’s been a long time since I’ve really used condoms on a regular basis. The Bruiser and I didn’t use them (our condom broke the first time we fucked; we got tested). Nor did Profligacy and I (I’d been recently tested, as had he; we were monogamous). Those two make up almost the complete extent of my sex for the last 2 years.

Sex with “new people” always made me irritated. But not irritated enough to think there was much of a problem. I’d be a little sore, a little itchy, and think maybe my body was just not used to condoms. This had been happening for a couple years now, but a latex allergy gets worse the more you’re exposed to it. Since I wasn’t often exposed to latex, it never really got much worse.

After sex with Dude for the first time, I was sore as hell the next day. I attributed it to his size, and the fact that my body wasn’t used to condoms. The second time we had sex, I was really burny and itchy and sore the next day. This is when I started to consider the fact that maybe it was a latex allergy. The next time we were together, same thing. And then, after the threesome, I KNEW it had to be the latex.

The next day I was in so much pain that I couldn’t really walk, and my entire vag was on fire. The second day, my vag was so itchy that I was sitting there itching my vag all day and had to take a Benedryl to try and help it. It was TORTUROUS. I couldn’t really sit, and I wanted to cry. So I bought some Lifestyles Skyn condoms, which are made from polyisoprene. We tried them, and guess what? NO ITCHY, BURNY VAG! Yay! And having tried polyurethane condoms in the past and hating them, I’m happy to report that polyisoprene condoms are a huge improvement. I loved them, actually.

At least now I know. I’m not allergic to “new guys!” I’m allergic to latex!

Apparently, there is an American Latex Allergy Association. I’m not kidding. There’s even a Latex Allergy Awareness Week. This seems highly unnecessary.

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  1. AdrianaNo Gravatar
    Posted May 15, 2010 at 9:45 pm | Permalink

    I have a friend with a latex allergy that took her forever to figure out. That must’ve sucked.

  2. Champagne and BenzedNo Gravatar
    Posted May 15, 2010 at 9:47 pm | Permalink

    I have a friend with a latex allergy and it’s a serious business. As you probably noticed, it gets worse the more exposure happens. What’s worse for her, she’s proudly and openly non-monogamous. The result of that is that she always carries around her own brand of non-latex condom and – you can probably guess this next bit – this results in countless occasions when she’s accused of being ‘slutty’ for bringing condoms with her.

    (The irony being the ‘non slutty’ girls who *don’t* carry condoms end up having just as much sex, just using the ones the boys or the lady’s room vending machine provide.)

    • Britni TheVadgeWigNo Gravatar
      Posted May 15, 2010 at 10:02 pm | Permalink

      I’ve always carried my own condoms. Now, I just carry non-latex ones with me.

  3. DuNo Gravatar
    Posted May 15, 2010 at 9:57 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for sharing this– you’ll probably help some people.

    I sympathize with you, as I think I know what you’ve gone through– I have an allergy to spermicide, which took a long (painful) time to figure out as well.

    • Britni TheVadgeWigNo Gravatar
      Posted May 15, 2010 at 10:05 pm | Permalink

      More than 50% of the population is allergic to spermicide. It’s really bad stuff, and is in the process of being taken off the market. It’s no more effective than using a condom correctly, opens small tears in the vaginal lining making it easier to contract STDs, and breaks down cell walls making it more difficult to get pregnant when you actually want it.

      It’s evil.

  4. Postive SexyNo Gravatar
    Posted May 15, 2010 at 10:00 pm | Permalink

    Glad to hear about the poly-condoms. I have a latex allergy and the last time I used a condom, my dick broke out in hives. Not fun…

  5. GrrlTragicNo Gravatar
    Posted May 16, 2010 at 1:13 am | Permalink

    My sister in law has the allergy but almost right away she was breaking out in horrible itchy blisters that literally looked like herpes, scared the hell out of her. Because, as you say, the allergy gets worse–they’ve had to put a huge warning on her medical files so it pops up on the computer in any hospital where her info is accessed–latex gloves now give her an almost deadly reaction.

    • BrigitNo Gravatar
      Posted May 16, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

      On of my friends, a biology grad student, is allergic to latex as well. She told the lab tech in charge of reordering materials that she needed small nitrile gloves, which are slightly more expensive- but not by much. The lab tech refused and said my friend was exaggerating. So my friend put on a latex glove for 5 minutes, removed it and showed the hand – all swollen and full of blisters-, and told the tech to STFU and order the goddamn gloves. The tech did order the nitrile ones, but I seriously would have wanted to strangle her for her stupidity.

  6. Rockin' With a Cock inNo Gravatar
    Posted May 16, 2010 at 2:43 am | Permalink

    I’m not sure if you’re kidding or not when you say the Latex Allergy Awareness Week is “highly unnecessary.” If it helps people understand their bodies, have less pain, and have more happy sex, it seems like a really good thing to me.

  7. twgNo Gravatar
    Posted May 17, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

    Maybe this was the reason for the strange allergic reaction when I was in Florida a couple years ago? :)

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