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Barrier Contraceptives – Condoms

At Menich Family Health Services, we educate our patients about the safe use of condoms and provide high-quality condoms.

Condoms are a popular and effective method of contraception used to prevent pregnancy and reduce the risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Condoms are a type of barrier contraception that physically prevents semen, vaginal fluids, and other bodily fluids from being exchanged during sexual activity.

Using condoms as contraception

There are two types of condoms: male condoms and female condoms. Male condoms are made of latex or polyurethane and are placed on the erect penis before sex. Female condoms are made of polyurethane or nitrile and are inserted into the vagina before sex.

Condoms prevent pregnancy by creating a barrier that stops sperm from entering the vagina. This means that the sperm cannot reach the egg, and therefore, fertilization cannot occur. Additionally, condoms can also help to prevent sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, by preventing contact between bodily fluids.

Proper use of condoms is essential to their effectiveness. To use a male condom, pinch the tip of the condom and place it over the head of the penis. Roll the condom down the length of the penis, leaving a small amount of space at the tip. To use a female condom, insert it into the vagina and ensure that the closed end of the condom covers the cervix. Both types of condoms should be used before any sexual contact and should be removed immediately after ejaculation. It is important to use a new condom for each sexual act to prevent the spread of STIs.

When used consistently and correctly, condoms are 98% effective at preventing pregnancy. However, their effectiveness can be reduced if they are not used correctly or if they break or slip off during sex. Using condoms in combination with another form of contraception, such as birth control pills or an intrauterine device (IUD), can increase their effectiveness.

Condoms have several advantages as a contraception method. They are widely available, inexpensive, and easy to use. Additionally, they can be used by both males and females, and they do not require a prescription. Condoms can also provide protection against STIs, including HIV.

There are some disadvantages to using condoms as a contraception method. They may reduce sensitivity during sex, and they can be less effective if not used consistently and correctly. Additionally, some people may be allergic to latex condoms and may need to use alternative types of condoms. Finally, condoms may not be the best option for people who are looking for a long-term, highly effective contraception method.