How Safe And Effective Are Condoms?

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Condoms come in various shapes, sizes and flavours, and are usually made of latex. They are widely regarded as cheaper in comparison to other forms of contraception.

Male condoms stop sperm from reaching and fertilizing the egg while restricting skin-to-skin interaction and contact with genital fluids. As such, they are the only form of contraception that helps prevent pregnancy and protect against sexually transmitted diseases.

But how safe and effective are they? Here, we take a closer look at the male condom.

How well do condoms prevent pregnancy?

Provided you use condoms correctly and there is no contact between the penis and vagina prior to wearing one, they’re 98% effective. They shouldn’t be used more than once, and if they have passed the expiry date, don’t risk it.

If you include oils or similar products like Vaseline in your sexual routine, you can damage latex condoms. Instead, consider changing to water-based lubricants or opting for plastic (polyurethane) condoms which are much more resistant.

Condoms do typically come lubricated. However, if you’re planning on having anal sex, additional lube helps ensure that the condom doesn’t split. Again, in this instance, consider polyurethane condoms as they’re more resistant to oil-based products and lotions.

Are condoms effective at preventing disease?

Condoms can’t guarantee full protection, however correct use is proven to significantly reduce the risk of sexually transmitted diseases. In fact, the consistent use of latex condoms has been shown to effectively prevent the sexual transmission of HIV.

Other infections that are less likely to be contracted due to the restriction of genital fluid and skin-to-skin contact include:

  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea
  • Herpes
  • Syphilis

Condom usage has even been linked with possibly reducing the likelihood of genital human papillomavirus (HPV) infection and associated diseases, which include genital warts and cervical cancer.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the failure of condoms to protect against STD/HIV transmission is, more often than not, a result of failing to use protection consistently or correctly. So be confident in your application and check you haven’t torn the condom, or that it hasn’t slipped off during sex.

Remember, pull out after ejaculating prior to losing your erection. This prevents the condom from falling off and minimizes the amount of unwanted contact you have with fluids and skin.

So, what’s stopping you?

The majority of individuals can safely use condoms. And, if you or your partner are allergic to latex or polyurethane, there are material alternatives.

While some couples find that condoms interrupt the flow of foreplay and sexual activity, consider the level of protection they offer versus other forms of contraception.

Even though they’re required for each sexual interaction, they offer users an effective, more agile form of contraception. Whereas daily birth control pills and implants present a seemingly less intrusive alternative, condoms don’t influence the hormones of female partners and are generally easier to obtain.

At Tingle, we understand that purchasing condoms or getting them from a health centre can be uncomfortable. That’s why our pharmacists deliver birth control discreetly to your door. Our mission is to remove the stigma surrounding sexual health and to promote wellbeing in all couples.

Check out our range of condoms today and find the products to enhance your sex life.