If you read all the ingredients on your food, & care about what you put in your mouth; Why is your vagina any different?
Vaginas and anuses are the most absorbant parts of a body. But condoms aren’t regulated like food, and don’t have a detailed list of ingredients.
There are companies that disclose what is in their condoms, and there are companies that don’t.
So what chemical nasties could there be in them? And why does it matter?
Benzocaine & Lidocaine
Benzocaine and Lidocaine are a local anaesthetics used in condoms to delay a man’s climax. These ingredients do not need to be declared on the label, but do need to be washed off after use to prevent irritation! Oh and be careful not to get it on your partner as it will numb them out too.
Casein is a protein by product of milk, used to make latex condoms smooth. Completely unsuitable if you are vegan or have a dairy allergy.
Glycerin is found in condoms as a lubricant. It is sweet in flavour but doesn’t actually contain any sugar. However, if left in the vagina for too long glycerin will transform into sugar and increase your chances of getting yeast infection. Again, this ingredient it doesn’t need to be declared but doesn’t have any business being in there if you ask me.
Nitrosamine is a chemical compound that can instigate tumour growth when ingested. Nitrosamine exposure from condoms alone has not been seen to increase the risk of cancer, so it has not been banned, but the world health organisation (WHO) has been encouraging condom manufacturers to remove nitrosamines from their products – since they don’t actually have a purpose!
Nonoxynol-9 is added to condoms as a lubricant to prevent SDIs and kill sperm. But N-9 can’t tell good from evil and may also damage vagina and rectal cell walls; increasing your chances of contracting an STI or UTI. The world health organisation (WHO) has reported that condoms containing N-9 are not any more protective against SDIs or pregnancy and any other condom. N-9 is still included in some products, only now has to be labelled (spermicide).
Parabens are used to prevent bacteria growth and have found their way into a lot of our products since the 1950s. In the 90s they started getting a bad rep, as they were found to mimic oestrogen in the body, cause hormonal disruption and make their way into breast cancer tissue. Now, the FDA still deems parabens safe at ‘low levels’, and most products contain low levels, so individual products can not be blamed – but cumulative exposure from various products will cause health problems to arise. Parabens have been banned from use in the EU but are still legal in the US, and whilst these chemicals will be listed on cosmetics, they are not usually listed on condoms.
It’s not all bad news!!!
There are companies out there that honestly list the ingredients in their condoms and pride themselves on being vagina-friendly.
Since going synthetic hormone free myself, I have embraced the condom as the most suitable and healthiest option for my body.
I do everything I can to look out for me and my health, and I know my partner does too. Afterall, he saw the nasty effects contraception had on me in the past as well. Using the healthest products possible, ‘in the bedroom’, is just one part of that.
The other night T was telling me that when he had gone out his mates, he had spoken about my journey to living as clean and chemical-free as possible – as well as his own conversion to veganism. He told me that he had joked that ‘even the condoms that we use are clean and vegan’.
I laughed. And he said: I told them, the only difference is that they’re little bit more expensive, but it’s so worth it!