Allergy to spermicidal lubricant in a contraceptive

Contact Dermatitis. 1987 Aug;17(2):115-6. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0536.1987.tb02678.x.


PIP: Allergic contact dermatitis is reported in a patient using a condom with the spermicidal lubricant Tectol. A 36 year old female, with no history of dermatitis or pruritus of the vagina or vulva, experienced itchy dermatitis 24-48 hours after her partner used a Durex Top Safe contraceptive containing Tectol. The dermatitis appeared on the neck, upper legs, underarms, and trunk area. When another contraceptive was used Durex Featherlite (without Tectol), the patient experienced no problems. Patch tests concluded that the Tectol lubricant was the cause for the reaction in the patient. Transmission of the lubricant to the patient occurred when the patient's partner, after handling the contraceptive (Durex Top Safe) during intercourse, placed his hands on the patient's body. To which exact element of Tectol the patient was sensitized could not be determined as the patient refused further treatment.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Contraceptive Devices*
  • Dermatitis, Contact / etiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Patch Tests
  • Pyrans / adverse effects*
  • Spermatocidal Agents / adverse effects*


  • Pyrans
  • Spermatocidal Agents
  • tectol