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I was told that using flavoured condoms for oral sex is fine, but that they shouldn't be used for vaginal/penile intercourse. Apparently, they aren't safe for penetration because of the chemicals that are used to flavour the condoms. They can increase a woman's chances of developing a yeast infection and/or increase the risk of getting an STI. Is this true? I'm finding conflicting information about this online.

Hi

I have not heard that flavored condoms will cause yeast infections or increase your chances of getting an STI. We use Durex flavored condoms and on their web site they say.

“Durex flavored condoms are intended primarily for vaginal sex. However, if you choose to use them in oral sex, the lubricant is safe if ingested. We recommend if used in oral sex that a new condom be used for vaginal sex”.

I take from this that their flavored condoms are vaginal friendly. They are also recommending that you use a new condom for vaginal sex. This makes sense as there could be a possibility of damage to the condom with oral sex, so best to use a new one for vaginal sex.

Another thing we have noticed is that people can be sensitive to different condom materials and lubricants. With flavored condoms they are adding extra ingredients for the flavor, so there is a possibility for woman to get vaginal irritation if they are sensitive to a certain product or the vaginal flora could be changed, which could increase your chances of yeast overgrowing.

Given this it really depends on the individual woman. Probably most woman would not have a problem using flavored condoms for vaginal sex but if you did notice some side effects it would be good to try a different condom or lube.

The condom manufactures are recommending using a different condom for vaginal if used for oral. In this case could use flavored for oral and a standard lubricated condom for vaginal sex.

Your risk to STI would only increase if you used a product that irritated the vagina as this would make it easier for an STI to get in.

If you used a flavored condom for vaginal sex and had no irritation there would be no increased risk and the condom would provide good protection.

 

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Health Nurse

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This answer was posted on August 2, 2017

Community comments

Nina says:

is it possible to bleed for more than 10days after using the flavoured condoms

Health Nurse says:

No condom should cause you to bleed for 10 days after use. If you are noticing unusual bleeding after sex is is important to see a health care provider. They will be able to help determine the cause of the bleeding.

A Street Outrea... says:

In response to the fallowing: "I have not heard that flavored condoms will cause yeast infections or increase your chances of getting an STI. [...] With flavored condoms they are adding extra ingredients for the flavor, so there is a possibility for woman to get vaginal irritation if they are sensitive to a certain product or the vaginal flora could be changed, which could increase your chances of yeast overgrowing."

First of all, thank you Health Nurse for all that information, it is very helpful.
From what I understand, flavoured condoms are primarily made for oral sex. They are not meant for penetrative sex. The sugar level in flavoured condoms can affect the pH balance of vagina leading to yeast infection. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved many brands of flavoured condoms for their strength and protection. As mentioned before, FDA also warns of the risk of yeast infection from flavoured condoms. However, I believe some brands don't use sugar, like "Lifestyles"

Health Nurse says:

Thanks for your input.

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