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Had sex using Trojan condom, dry and itchy vagina, burning. Allergic to condoms?

Hi, a few days ago I had sex using a Trojan condom. This was the f of rat time my boyfriend and I had been together since we started dating, and we did it a few times, changing condoms of course. Well, now I am fixing to start my period but I ve notices that my vagina is a little dry, it has a slight itch to it, and Burns very little. It doesn t really bother e through the day unless I am sitting down relaxing. Is it possible I am allergic to the condoms, or could it be due to the fact it was the first time I had had intercourse in a while, and I did it only days before I am to.start my period?
Asked On : Wed, 8 Aug 2012
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Hello, and I hope I can help you today.

Your intuition most likely correct in that your symptoms are probably due to irritation from the condom. There are a couple of possibilities of what exactly is causing the irritation- you could be allergic to latex, which is a very common skin sensitivity, or also the spermicide in the condom can kill the healthy bacteria in the vagina, causing you to develop a vaginal yeast infection.

I think your best course of action is to buy two creams in the drugstore: one that is 1% Hydrocortisone (used to treat itching on all areas of the body) and another that is antifungal and designed to treat vaginal yeast infections (like Monistat or equivalent) that is a 7-day cream in a large tube.
Try applying the hydrocortisone cream first externally twice daily to see if that helps. It may burn when you first apply it- this is normal if your skin is irritated. If that does not help after a few days, try the yeast infection cream, applying it on the itchy areas outside the vagina. If you develop thick white discharge and/or have a lot of redness and swelling in and around the vagina, it is more likely a yeast infection.

To avoid this in the future, you may want to buy condoms that are non-latex and have a non-spermicidal lubricant. Many condom brands offer non-latex versions because skin sensitivity is very common. In addition, I recommend you use an additional water-based lubricant (put some on yourself in the opening before penetration) as the lubricant on the condom itself can dry out quickly, and this will help you avoid being chafed.

I also recommend you refrain from intercourse again until your symptoms improve.

I hope i was able to adequately answer your question today and that my advice is helpful.

Best wishes,

Dr. Brown
Answered: Sat, 2 Apr 2016
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