Latex is a smooth flexible rubber with many applications and most commonly known as the key material in condoms. Because it has excellent strength, it is used in everything from balloons to surgical exam gloves. Latex condoms are widely available and least expensive out of all types of condoms. It is most effective if used in a right way and right size every time you have sex. These properties are also what makes latex excellent in various sexual applications. Besides condoms, a number of toys and apparatus are either solid latex or covered with a latex coating. It also makes an appearance in specialty items – of which one is the most unique.
Liquid when sealed in a container or tube, liquid latex air dries within a few minutes to take on its familiar rubbery characteristics. Because it is initially a liquid, it forms and molds exactly to any curves, shapes or contours, acting like a second skin. This is part of the allure of liquid latex. For others wishing to go beyond silk handkerchiefs for a little light bondage, liquid can create firm, yet flexible wrist bindings, still capable of being ripped or torn, allowing independence and an extra level of control or comfort.
When using, it is important to recognize that liquid and other latex applications are not suitable for protection from disease or pregnancy (in other words, don’t try and create your own condoms). As well, some people have an allergy that can result in swelling, skin irritation, or, in some extreme cases anaphylaxis (an extreme swelling in which airways may close, impeding breathing and causing death). So, prior to any large-scale exposure, do a test exposure on a small (2-inch square) patch of skin on an arm or leg. Apply, let it dry, remove it and wait for at least 45 minutes to see if any rashes, swelling or other discomfort occurs.
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