Written on 15 June 2022
A condom is a contraceptive measure to prevent pregnancy. There are two types of condoms. The first is a narrow, fitting tube worn over an erect penis during intercourse (male condoms), while the second is placed within the vagina during intercourse (female condoms).
Condoms also help prevent STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) such as gonorrhoea, chlamydia, herpes and HIV (the virus that causes AIDS). Thus, it is advisable to always use a condom as a preventive measure, whether it is for vaginal, oral, or anal intercourse.
Male condoms are 98% effective, i.e., only 2 out of 100 women whose male partners use condoms during sex are likely to get pregnant. On the other hand, female condoms are 94% effective when used correctly.
There are many contraceptive measures, but the best one is a condom, which also helps prevent STDs. Also, how well a condom works just depends on how correctly you use it.
There are different male condoms available, i.e., latex, plastic or lambskin, lubricated, spermicide-coated and textured condoms.
Female condoms are of only one type, made of synthetic latex. Female condoms are accessible in India in local stores or online.
Here is the correct way of using condoms to prevent pregnancy:
Please follow the steps below:
Here’s a quick guide on how to use a female condom:
Condom usage reduces the risk of pregnancy and the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases to your partner. Contraceptives, on the other hand, are the only way to ensure that you do not become pregnant. However, contraceptive tablets do not protect you from STDs such as HIV.
Though condoms are 98% effective in preventing pregnancy, latex condoms that cover the penis provide the best protection against most STDs. Thus, the only way to reduce the risk of pregnancy is to use a condom correctly. If you wish to know how to use condoms properly to avoid pregnany, you can also ask you GP to guide you.
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