Condoms: The Least Known Side-Effects of the Gentle Rubber, Including STD

By Jacques Strauss, | April 01, 2017

A man tries to open a condom for protection. (YouTube)

A man tries to open a condom for protection. (YouTube)

The use of a condom is one of the most popular methods for family planning and other health reasons. Despite the known safety it offers, there are few a side-effects associated with the use of condoms, including forms of STD.

It is known that the use of a condom could trigger an allergic reaction to latex. Such foreign, synthetic material could cause rashes, burning sensations, and itchiness to scaling skin, racing heart rate, and other types of allergic reactions, according to Bustle.

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Apart from the physical side-effects of the use of the latex protection, it could also affect the emotional well-being of couples. According to a 2002 study, it was found out that higher condom usage was linked with a lower mood of the 293 women involved in the said research.

This means that couples who always use the said birth control method are more likely to belong to the saddest sexually active group. However, this finding is not conclusive enough as there are other psychological factors that could also play a role.

Perhaps one of the scariest side-effects of the use of a latex protection is getting infected with other forms of the sexually transmitted disease. Although condom has been proven efficient against HIV and other common diseases like syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhea and HPV, they do not afford protection against other STDs such as scabies infections and molluscum contagiosum.

The finding was supported by The American Social Health Association, for genital herpes can "asymptomatically shed and be transmitted to an infected sexual partner," particularly in areas that cannot be fully protected by a condom, according to The Health Site.

Under such circumstances, condoms should not be immediately rejected, especially in areas where HIV/AIDS are proliferating. 

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