The purpose of using rubbers is twofold: to prevent pregnancy and reduce the chances that a s3xually transmitted disease will be given to a partner. rubbers are sh3aths (barrier protection) that are worn on the male p3n1s during s3xual intercourse and can be made of latex, plastic or natural skin.
rubbers have numerous benefits–they’re easily accessible at any drugstore or pharmacy, inexpensive and safe, convenient and easy to use. There are few negative side effects of rubbers.
Pregnancy Risk
With any type of birth control, there’s always the risk of unplanned pregnancy. rubbers are extremely effective in preventing conception. However, Planned Parenthood states that two of every 100 women whose partners used rubbers became pregnant even when they were used properly. Among those who did not use rubbers properly, 15 of every 100 women became pregnant. Old rubbers can become more brittle and more apt to break. Similarly, oil-based products, such as petroleum jelly and cooking oil, can cause rubbers to weaken and rupture.
Latex Allergy
Many rubbers are made from rubber latex, which comes from the fluid in rubber trees. The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology notes that some people experience an allergic response to the protein in the rubber. Symptoms 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 lightheadedness. In certain instances, latex allergies can invoke anaphylaxis, a life-threatening condition. According to Planned Parenthood, only one or two people out of every 100 has latex allergy. The AAAAI notes that those who have latex allergies should use synthetic rubber rubbers as a second choice.
Not Effective Against All STDs
Planned Parenthood notes that rubbers are proven highly effective against HIV and reduce the risk of other diseases, such as syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhea and HPV. However, they do not afford protection against s3xually transmitted diseases that can affect the outer layers of the skin, such as scabies infections and molluscum contagiosum. The American Social Health Association notes that although rubbers 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 s3xual partner. Additionally, not all rubbers are created equal: natural skin rubbers (lambskin) are an effective measure of birth control but are porous enough to allow HIV and other STDs to be transmitted to a s3xual partner.
Partner Resistance
Perhaps the most notable negative side effect of rubbers is a s3xual partner’s resistance to using them. Some men claim they experience a loss in sensation when using rubbers, find them unromantic or take offense at being asked to wear them. Planned Parenthood notes that many men can overcome their resistance to using rubbers and suggests trying out different styles and sizes to find the brand that’s most comfortable to both partners.

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