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By McInerney Cares
March 25, 2022
Category: OBGYN Care
Tags: Latex Allergy   Condoms  
Latex Allergy and CondomsLatex allergies are surprisingly common. If you suspect that you could be allergic to latex, it’s important to not only recognize the warning signs of an allergy but to also consult your OBGYN to discuss other options. From condoms to disposable gloves, there are many everyday and frequently used products that could cause irritation and other issues if you are allergic. Here’s what you should know about latex allergies,

What is latex?

Latex is a rubbery material that is found in the bark of a rubber tree. Even though latex might seem man-made it is actually made from nature. Since latex is derived from trees, this also increases the risk for an allergy.

What products contain latex?

Latex is found in quite a few household items including,
  • Gloves
  • Condoms
  • Balloons
  • Rubber bands
What are the signs of a latex allergy?

If you have a latex allergy you may be likely to develop symptoms that impact the nose, throat, ears, stomach, and skin. If you have an allergy to latex and you use latex condoms, you may notice itching, redness, or a rash in the vaginal region. Those with more severe latex allergies may also experience,
  • Runny nose
  • Itchy eyes
  • Scratchy throat
  • Sneezing
  • Wheezing
It’s important to recognize warning signs of a severe latex allergy, also known as anaphylaxis, which can be dangerous and life-threatening if not promptly treated. Signs of anaphylaxis include trouble breathing, swelling, hives, wheezing, fainting, dizziness, weak pulse, and a drop in blood pressure.

How is a latex allergy treated?

Since there is no cure for latex allergy, the best thing you can do is avoid anything that contains latex including condoms. There are many non-latex condoms on the market these days but if you aren’t sure which ones are safe, simply ask your gynecologist.

However, if you do accidentally use a latex condom your gynecologist may recommend taking an antihistamine or corticosteroids or carrying an EpiPen in case of a severe latex allergy. If you are experiencing a reaction to a latex condom you may also want to relax in a sitz bath or apply hydrocortisone cream to the area to ease discomfort.

If this is your first time experiencing vaginal redness, swelling, or a rash it’s important to have these symptoms properly evaluated by a gynecologist to determine if it’s an allergy and to rule out STIs or other problems.

Even with a latex allergy, there are a variety of safe sex options that do not involve latex condoms. If you have questions about how to practice safe sex with a latex allergy your OBGYN can provide you with all the information you need to make smart choices for you and your partner.

By McInerney Cares
March 10, 2022
Category: OBGYN Care
Tags: Ectopic Pregnancy  
Ectopic PregnanciesIn a healthy pregnancy, the egg is fertilized within a woman’s uterus; however, when the egg is fertilized outside the uterus (most often the fallopian tube) this is known as an ectopic pregnancy. Since an ectopic pregnancy can cause serious complications it’s important that you not only recognize the warning signs of an ectopic pregnancy but that you seek immediate medical attention. If you have concerns about the symptoms you are experiencing during the early stages of your pregnancy, always turn to your OBGYN as soon as possible.

What causes an ectopic pregnancy?

Many women who’ve experienced ectopic pregnancies never had any risk factors; however, certain factors could increase the risk for an ectopic pregnancy. These include,
  • Endometriosis
  • A sexually transmitted disease
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Past abdominal or pelvic surgeries
  • Getting pregnant with an IUD in
  • Past fertility treatment
  • Previous ectopic pregnancies
What are the signs and symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy?

Early symptoms and signs of an ectopic pregnancy are typically minor such as light abdominal pain or minimal vaginal bleeding; however, as the egg develops this can cause the fallopian tube to rupture. As blood leaks out this can result in sudden and severe abdominal and shoulder pain. Life-threatening symptoms include fainting, lightheadedness, and shock. If you are experiencing severe pelvic pain, vaginal bleeding, shoulder pain, or lightheadedness it’s important that you seek immediate medical attention.

What are my treatment options?

The recommended course of action to treat an ectopic pregnancy will depend on how far along you are in the pregnancy as well as the symptoms you are experiencing. If detected early, most women receive an injectable medication that stops the cells from multiplying and dissolves the cells that are present. A blood test will then be performed to check HCG levels.

Laparoscopic surgery may be necessary to remove the ectopic pregnancy so the fallopian tube can heal. If there is extensive damage to the tube or the tube has ruptured then the tube may also need to be removed.

Light vaginal bleeding and stomach cramping are also normal parts of early pregnancy, so if you have any questions or concerns about the symptoms you are experiencing during your first trimester, your OBGYN is the ideal doctor to get answers to all of your questions and to provide you with specialized care.