Birth control methods help prevent pregnancy. This means that condom use is essentially a contraceptive method. However, while contraception may be the main purpose, condoms can also provide users with other benefits.
One of these benefits is to prevent sexually transmitted infections or sexually transmitted disease. However, too many good things are definitely bad for you, let alone bad for your health. Although condoms are one of the greatest inventions known to mankind and help prevent the dangers of venereal diseases and unintended pregnancy, they do have some harmful effects. Here are some side effects of condoms that you don’t know about:
Most condoms are made from latex, which is a liquid made from rubber trees. American Allergy and Asthma Society
Immunological studies have documented that some people have allergic reactions to the proteins in rubber. It is very rare. Symptoms of a latex allergy can vary in appearance and severity, from sneezing, runny nose, rash, itching, or flushing to more serious signs and symptoms, such as: wheezing, swelling, dizziness and lightheadedness. In some cases, a latex allergy can cause anaphylaxis, a potentially fatal illness. People with latex allergies are advised to switch to synthetic condoms. However, the possibility of condom tearing during intercourse is high with these condoms and they are also not compatible with most vaginal lubricants.
You can contract other Stds
Condoms have been proven to be very effective against HIV and reduce the risk of other diseases such as syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhea and HPV. However, they cannot prevent sexually transmitted diseases that affect the outer layer of the skin, such as scabies infections and molluscum contagiosum. Studies have found that although condoms can reduce the risk of genital herpes, they do not protect all skin areas where the herpes virus can shed and spread to infected sexual partners asymptomatically.
There’s still a 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.