Someone asked us:
Q. Can you make a post about alternative forms of birth control? Every time you mention condoms it’s always LATEX, and a lot of people have latex or other allergies. It would be nice to see an inclusive discussion on the subject, especially for someone like me who feels hopeless at times because of the limitations my body puts on what type of birth control I am able to comfortably use.
Sure thing! About six out of 100 people have latex allergies. For folks who are allergic or sensitive to latex, there are a few options. You can use a polyurethane or polyisoprene condom. These condoms also prevent pregnancy and the spread of STDs.
The second option is the female condom. The female (FYI, anyone—not just females — can use this condom for anal sex) condom is made out of a synthetic rubber that doesn’t contain latex, so it’s fine for people with latex allergies. And it can be used for vaginal or anal sex.
Everybody is different, which is why choosing a birth control method is such a personal decision. When it comes to finding a birth control option that works for your body — whether it’s the right kind of condom, the right kind of pill, or the right kind of IUD — a health care provider can help you figure it out.
-Alex at PPFA