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Thursday, 29 September 2011

How Effective are Condoms as Birth Control?

Condoms as birth control method are considered to be the most effective. Research has proven that if used properly, condoms can prevent pregnancy in 98 percent cases. Even when not used properly the success rate of condoms as birth control was found to be as high as 86 percent. Breakage or spoilage of condoms can render them ineffective and it has been estimated that around 2 to 6 percent may break or fall off during sex. If you happen to pick a pack of condom after its expiry date, needless to say the condoms would have been spoiled or become too brittle to sustain the strain of an intercourse.

When Do Condoms Fail as Effective Birth Control Method?

    Breakage – United States have been at the forefront of carrying out research for failure of condom to prevent pregnancy. It has been found that only 2 percent condoms fail because of the condom’s fault.
    Slipping – Research has also shown that condoms may slip off or slip down the penis in the course of vaginal sex. The percentages for slipping off and slipping down are less than 5 percent.
    Penis Size – It was reported in major newspapers that India reports the highest rate of condom failure. It is believed that the smaller size of penis in Indian men is the reason behind it. So, you need to make sure that the condom is the correct fit. Try out the various sizes to find which one fits you best.
    Latex Allergy – Latex condoms are the most effective in preventing pregnancy or transmission of HIV. Those who are allergic to latex need to use a condom made from other materials such as polyurethane. If you are allergic to all synthetic materials, opt for lambskin condom. Lambskin condom’s effectiveness as a birth control method is the least among all condoms.

Condoms are considered the cheapest and most effective birth control method. Since there are no hormonal changes in the body of men or women with its use, the advantage of using it is clear. You just need to be a bit more aware of it breaking when you are in the act. If you notice it before ejaculation, immediately pull out and replace the broken condom with a new one. If already ejaculated, wash the semen with soap and warm water to lessen chances of pregnancy. You should also get your partner tested for pregnancy.

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