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Can Lube on Condom Make Me Sick

Published: May 14, 2012
Dear TeenHealthFX,

 

I performed oral sex on my boyfriend after we had protected sex with a condom. It tasted like lube so I stopped right away. Have I digested lube? And will the lube on his penis effect me in anyway?

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Dear Can Lube on Condom Make Me Sick,

 

Some condoms have a spermicidal lubricant, which can help to reduce the likelihood of pregnancy. One of the most common spermicides is something called nonoxynol-9 (N-9). Nonoxynol-9 is basically a type of detergent. It disrupts the plasma membranes (outer barrier) of sperm and other cells and has been shown in the laboratory to be quite effective at killing many STD pathogens (an organism, such as a virus or bacterium, which causes disease) including HIV, herpes, Chlamydia, and gonorrhea. This is a chemical that some people are sensitive to, and if it's used regularly it can cause irritation or cause your tongue to go numb. Having a specific allergy to N-9 could cause a severe allergic reaction but you would have known if that had happened.

 

The STDs such as herpes, gonorrhea, hepatitis B, and syphilis can be passed during can be passed during oral sex. There is also very small risk for getting and giving HIV through oral sex, too. While using condoms does not provide you with a 100% protection during oral sex they can reduce your risk of infection. Some flavored condoms are rated for safe sex while others are just novelty items. When choosing a flavored condom, make certain to read the box to see if they were approved by the FDA or the designated government agency in your country. Check the labels carefully, to see if the one you've chosen is labeled as safe for internal use as well. If you are using condoms for vaginal intercourse be aware that lubricants with sugar can disrupt normal yeast levels in the vagina and lead to an unpleasant infection. When you use a condom for oral sex, you should change condoms before having vaginal or anal sex, because teeth may have made little holes in it.

You should be aware that when used frequently in vaginal intercourse, N-9 can cause damage to the vaginal skin cells. It causes inflammation of the vagina and cervix, and it can actually kill off layers of cells. These actions can leave a woman more susceptible to infection by various sexually transmitted diseases. They may also make it easier for her to transmit STDs to her partner. Condoms lubricated with Nonoxynol 9 should not be used for anal sex since it can damage the lining of the rectum increasing the risk of HIV and STD transmission.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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