Condoms basically are artificial barriers to inhibit the flow of semen into the birth canal of the female reproductive organ during a sexual ‘encounter’.
Thus, they are an effective form of birth control and also offers protection against Sexually Transmitted Infections(STIs). The type of Condoms that are popularly used are the rubber based condoms made of latex and the polyurethane. The less popular condoms are the various ‘natural barriers like lamb’s skin and pieces of cloth people use to block the flow of semen.
Condoms offer a safe way of preventing pregnancy, STIs whiles causing no alteration to the menstrual cycle or production of eggs in the female or sperm level and quality in the male. Thus, it should be noted here that condoms do not have long term effects on the body. In fact, there are no major health risks associated with the use of condoms, as several studies carried out by world renowned sex research journals have been widely published to assert these health claims.
However, there are short term effects that condoms have on our bodies and overall well-being of frequent users of condoms. In fact, these effects have been observed both in the males and the females.
This article will discuss four of these effects of condoms on the human body when frequently used.
1.Allergic Reaction to Latex and Rubber Products
Condoms are generally fashioned to suit all forms of skins and are generally user friendly, but reactions such as skin irritation, redness, rashes, heat waves, burning sensations, itching and palpitations can be experienced when one has an allergy to latex. Users must be able to know which materials they are allergic to. If in doubt, consult your physician or pharmacist before any condoms are purchased.
2. Body May Produce Less Lubrication.
The body, especially the female sexual organ is a self-lubricating organ during sexual ‘encounters’. Secretions are released by hormones to make sure that the walls are protected against the usual friction. However, condoms usually alter the surface of the male organ, inhibiting movement. Oil based lubes mostly found in condoms make the whole exercise drier than usual. Experts recommend water based lubricants.
3. Mood Swings in Women
During the ‘exercise’, hormones such as serotonin and endorphins are released, which according to research are responsible for the level of happiness of women. A study showed that, women in condom using relationships were less happy than those found in condom free relationships. The exercise is designed to bring a bond between partners, and semen contain certain proteins and trace chemicals that trigger the release of hormones in females, like oxytocin which is responsible for social bonding between couples.
Therefore, it follows that the use of condoms can affect moods and depression levels in women.
4. Less Immunity /Antibodies production in women
The body has its own ways of inhibiting the chances of getting pregnant by blocking the movement of sperm and fertilization. This is done by the production of anti-bodies against semen that enter the female human body. The use of condoms effectively blocks the introduction of semen in the female reproductive system. The less frequent semen gets its way into the female system, the less antibodies that are produced. This may or may not increase the chances of getting g pregnant, depending on the fertility f the woman and quality of semen produced by the men.
Conclusively, condoms are a great way to avoid STIs and unwanted pregnancies. However, one should consider these things and regulate its usage.
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