RisksBy Mayo Clinic staff
Condoms are generally safe and effective. However, there are a few things you should consider:
- Condoms can trigger a latex allergy. Reactions to latex can include rash, hives, runny nose and in severe cases, tightening of the airways and loss of blood pressure. If you or your partner is allergic to latex, a polyurethane or lambskin condom may be an alternative.
- Condoms aren't foolproof. There's still a risk of getting an STD or becoming pregnant when using a condom, especially if it breaks or comes off during sex.
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