Are Condoms Enough To Prevent Pregnancy?
Pregnancy is something that a significant number of couples will face and must consider during their lifetime. To ensure that pregnancy does not occur unintentionally, it is important to consider the measures taken to prevent it. Condoms have been a go-to method of preventing unintended pregnancy for many couples, but are they enough?
Understanding Condoms and Pregnancy Prevention
Condoms are a thin sheath made of either latex or polyurethane that when placed on a penis, fit tightly in order to prevent sperm and other body fluids from entering the body of the person with whom you are engaging in sexual activity.
There are several different types of condoms, including male and female condoms, flavored and non-flavored, thin, standard and extra-large, as well as ribbed and studded. Different types of condoms are meant to optimize pleasure as well as prevent pregnancy and the transmission of STIs.
The Effectiveness of Condoms in Preventing Pregnancy
When used correctly, a condom is a highly effective method of birth control. The typical user rate of the condom for preventing pregnancy is about 82%. This means that about 18 out of 100 women will become pregnant over the course of one year if condoms are always their chosen form of birth control. The chance of becoming pregnant after one year can be decreased even further if condoms are used in combination with another form of birth control, such as the pill or an IUD.
Pros and Cons of Condoms
- Easy to find & access
- No prescription needed
- Very effective when used correctly
- Protects against sexually transmitted infections
- No side-effects
- Ultra thin latex, polyurethane, and lambskin options available
- May reduce sexual pleasure
- Requires practice to use correctly
- Can cause skin irritation
- Must be stored in a cool, dry place
- Must be replaced after every use
Condoms are a reliable and affordable method of preventing pregnancy when used correctly. In addition to pregnancy prevention, condoms also protect against the spread of STIs and can be found virtually anywhere. However, it is important to remember that condoms have a success rate of approximately 82%, so they should not be the sole method of birth control used. Combining condoms with another form of birth control, such as the pill or an IUD, is a great way to reduce the chance of an unintended pregnancy.
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