Condoms can protect you against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and they can be used to prevent pregnancy. A male condom is placed over a man’s erect penis before sex. Condoms are also called “rubbers,” “sheaths,” or “skins.” Condoms are made of latex (rubber), polyurethane, or sheep intestine.
There are two basic condom types — male condoms and female condoms — and both safeguard you against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and prove highly effective at their original role as a contraceptive device. To use a male condom, unroll the undamaged condom down the length of a fully erect penis before any intimate contact occurs. To use a female condom, insert the closed, inner ring of the undamaged condom into the vagina before getting intimate. Both types should later be removed carefully to avoid slips or spills.
There are a lot of questions being raised when it comes to the use of condoms during sexual intercourse. And the most popular among these queries would be: should condom use be liberalise? To me I would say yes due to the following reasons.
For the sake of those who do not know the concept of condoms, these are contraceptives that keep the semen from fertilizing the eggs right after intercourse. There are basically two types of condoms: the ones made specifically for male use and the second kind would be the ones that are used by women. Of course the most common type would be the male condoms.
- Effective against sexually transmitted diseases
Sexually transmitted infections belong to the top diseases that both male and women get. And these are usually passed on during unprotected sexual intercourse. And if you are still not convinced, HIV- the virus that causes AIDS is also transferred most commonly through sex. Now, wearing a condom would keep you protected from all these. By the way, it would be best to stay away from lambskin condoms since they contain microscopic holes, which may cause fluids to leak and for certain viruses to pass through.
- Protection from Unexpected Pregnancy
So you and your partner are not ready to be instant parents just yet. Using a condom would help you from getting your girlfriend pregnant. Did you know that condoms have a 98% success rate when it comes from preventing unwanted or unexpected pregnancies?
- Easy to purchase at convenience stores, pharmacies and even groceries.
Since condoms are being promoted to encourage couples to exercise safe sex, you can easily find condoms of different kinds and makes which you can use. They are also affordable. One tip though: you have to use a brand that’s trusted, and not just those over the counter types that you have not actually heard of. Check online for the best brands that you can purchase.
- Condoms have less or technically no side effects
Compared to birth control pills or spermicidal solutions or sprays, condoms have lesser side effects. And if there are any, these are mostly concentrated on the skin. But if you know how to put on and use a condom, the chances of having side effects would be slim to none! Use a polyurethane (plastic) condom since it’s hypoallergenic and will protect your skin and that of your partner’s, especially if you are allergic to latex.
- No medications or prescriptions required
If you are going to use condoms, you don’t need any type of medication just to keep your partner from getting pregnant. Whereas if your partner will be using pills, she has to take them on a regular basis, for a specific period of time. Condoms, on the other hand, can only be used during sexual intercourse and you certainly would not need any prescription from your doctor to use one.
- Increases your sense of responsibility
Condoms are not about promoting promiscuousness among teens or new couples. As a matter of fact, it has been proven that the increase in the knowledge about condoms did not increase the rate of sexual activity among teenagers. This only increased awareness and made couples more prepared and responsible.
- Condoms are known to boost sexual pleasure
With its different types and makes, condoms can make your experience pleasurable. Polyurethane condoms are thin and transparent enough to make you think that you do not have one on. There are also those with more texture to really keep you stimulated!
How does a condom work?
Condoms stop the sperm from reaching the egg. It creates a physical barrier – this barrier makes sure fertilization (pregnancy) does not occur. Apart from being made mainly of very thin latex rubber or polyurethane, male condoms contain a lubricant, as well as a spermicide that either destroys or damages the sperm. Extra spermicide is also available in most pharmacies.
To use a condom effectively – to prevent an unwanted pregnancy by using a condom – the penis should not touch the vagina before the condom has been placed. A man does not necessarily have to ejaculate for sperm to come out of his penis; this can happen before ejaculation.
Experts say that the use of condoms significantly helps stop the spread of STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) or STIs (sexually transmitted infections). It is important to remember that oral sex is also a route for STDs. The condom must be placed correctly before sexual contact is made, and removed immediately after ejaculation.
What are the benefits of using a condom?
- They are effective and reliable in preventing pregnancy (if used correctly).
- There are virtually no side effects for the user. Very rarely, there may be some allergy to latex rubber, spermicides, or plastic. There are special condoms for people who do react with an allergy.
- Both sexual partners have a significantly lower chance of getting or passing on an STD.
- They can be bought easily.
- No advance preparation is needed (ideal for unplanned sex).
- Male condoms come in many forms, shapes, size and flavors.
- They may be inserted up to 8 hours before sex.
- They give the woman control over her sexual health.
- They can be used during a woman’s menstrual period.
- They significantly lower the chance of getting or passing on an STD.
- They may lower a woman’s risk of developing cervical cancer. Condom use lowers young women’s risk of being infected with the HPV virus, thus lowering her cervical cancer risk.
Condoms are widely recommended for the prevention of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). They have been shown to be effective in reducing infection rates in both men and women. While not perfect, the condom is effective at reducing the transmission of organisms that cause AIDS, genital herpes, cervical cancer, genital warts, syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and other diseases. Condoms are often recommended as an adjunct to more effective birth control methods (such as IUD) in situations where STD protection is also desired.
According to a 2000 report by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), consistent use of latex condoms reduces the risk of HIV/AIDS transmission by approximately 85% relative to risk when unprotected, putting the seroconversion rate (infection rate) at 0.9 per 100 person-years with condom, down from 6.7 per 100 person-years. Analysis published in 2007 from the University of Texas Medical Branch and the World Health Organization found similar risk reductions of 80–95%.
As a method of birth control, male condoms have the advantages of being inexpensive, easy to use, having few side effects, and offering protection against sexually transmitted infections. With proper use—and use at every act of intercourse—women whose partners use male condoms experience a 2% per-year pregnancy rate. With typical use the rate of pregnancy is 18% per-year. Condoms have been used for at least 400 years. Since the 19th century, they have been one of the most popular methods of contraception in the world. While widely accepted in modern times, condoms have generated some controversy, primarily over what role they should play in sex education classes.
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