Latex allergy: Most condoms are made of latex, the
fluid that is obtained from rubber trees. The American Academy of
Allergy, Asthma & Immunology notes 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 allery 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, gonorrhea 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. The American Social Health Association notes 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 there 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).