My partner has a problem with latex - can you recommend any non-latex condoms?
There are several non-latex condoms on the market. The most widely available is the Durex Avanti, which is made from polyurethane.
We are a couple in our late 40s and my partner has recently had an irritation which we think is caused by the condoms we use.
Are there any non rubber/latex condoms on the market which may help, and stop the irritation.
There are several non-latex condoms on the market and they're known for their natural feel. The most widely available is the Durex Avanti, which is made from polyurethane. Avanti shouldn't provoke an allergic reaction, and other plus points are that it doesn't have a rubbery smell, so it's a popular choice for oral sex and it's very thin so it conducts body heat better - meaning greater sensitivity during intercourse.
Trojan do a non-lubricated condom, which may be good to try if you think that the infection could possibly be caused by the condom's lubricant coating or spermicide. They also have Naturalamb Condoms, which are natural lambskin condoms made of processed sheep intestines (mint sauce is an extra...). They look much better than they sound actually, and are the most realistic feeling condom. They're only effective in preventing pregnancy, however, and aren't recommended for protection against STIs or HIV.
You don't mention the symptoms of your partner's irritation, but some of the side effects of rubber condoms in women are itching or a rash around the vulva, a burning sensation in the vagina, and increased vaginal discharge. Men with a latex allergy can experience redness, or a rash on the penis (occurring between 6 and 48 hours after using the condom) and possibly some blistering and itching.
Experiment with the condoms I've mentioned to find which suits you both best, but if the irritation continues it would obviously wise for your partner to get it checked out by their GP.