Female Birth Control Options | Family Planning
Birth Control Options: Condoms
What it is:
A male condom is a sheath made of latex or polyurethane that is placed on the penis. The female condom is the same kind of sheath, with a slightly different shape—two flexible rings on either end, one open, one closed. The closed ring is inserted into the vagina, and the open ring stays on the outside of the vagina.
What it does:
Condoms prevent sperm from entering the uterus simply by blocking the flow.
When condoms are used reliably, they have been shown to prevent pregnancy up to 98 percent of the time among couples using them as their only method of contraception. They are a suitable form of birth control for almost everyone and are the only birth control method that prevents STDs (including gonorrhea, chlamydia, HIV, and trichomoniasis).
Condoms can also reduce the risk of genital herpes, syphilis, chancroid, and human papillomavirus infection (HPV), but only when the infected areas are covered or protected by the condom, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Condoms made of lambskin, however, do not offer such protection because they have microscopic holes that may stop sperm, but are large enough to allow viruses to pass through.
It's a single-use device and isn't always convenient. If a condom breaks during intercourse, the possibility for pregnancy and disease can occur. According to the CDC, several studies of correct and consistent condom use show that latex condom breakage rates in this country are less than 2 percent.
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