Last Updated: November 4, 2019

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Definition - What does Latex mean?

Latex is a versatile rubber material used in a variety of applications. While latex occurs naturally in 10% of flowering plants, synthetic latex can also be produced. Latex may be used to make mattresses, gloves, balloons, swimming caps, and a variety of sexual aids.

Despite the fact that it is a common material, some people have latex allergies or sensitivities. In extreme cases, exposure to latex can cause a severe reaction such as shortness of breath, hives, swelling, and sometimes even death.

Kinkly explains Latex

Latex is used for a variety of sexual products including sex toys, condoms, and fetish clothing. Latex is very porous which makes it flexible and versatile.

Because it’s so porous, latex breeds bacteria and is difficult to keep clean. Latex sex toys should be cleaned before and after use with mild soap and water. They’ll also last longer if you use them with a condom. Never use alcohol or household cleaners on your latex sex toys, as these will degrade the material. Oil-based lubricants will also degrade latex sex toys, but water- and silicone-based lubricants work well.

Many people fetishize latex clothing, such as corsets and miniskirts, especially in the BDSM community. The thin latex used to make this fetish apparel is slightly stretchy, but it can tear easily. Sunlight will degrade it, so it’s best worn at night. Latex clothing should also be oiled with a special-purpose latex oil to keep it glossy and maintain its quality.

Because it is so thin, latex is the ideal material for condoms.

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