A condom is a device worn during sexual activity to reduce the risk of being infected with STDs and to prevent unwanted pregnancy. Have you ever thought of the effectiveness of condom in protecting against STDs? These are some of the things you should know about condoms and their effectiveness:
- Condoms reduces, not eliminates the probability/risk of being infected with STDs
- Certain types of condoms do not protect against STDs and unwanted pregnancy
- Condoms do not protect against syphilis, herpes and genital warts
- Female and male latex condoms are 88% effective against preventing unwanted pregnancy
While condoms do not provide a 100% protection against STDs and unwanted pregnancy, it nevertheless remains the only form of contraceptive that offers protection, although, not 100% against STDs. In other words, other forms of contraception available today including pills, injections, vasectomy and implants do not protect against STDs.
Quite a number of people, men especially, would rather not use a condom because they claim it affects their sexual experience.
Contrary to popular notion, condoms do not inhibit sexual experience. In other words, the use of condom during sex does not hinder you from deriving maximum sexual pleasure. There are varieties of condoms available in the market today so you could make your choice depending on your need.
Although it has been established that condoms do not provide a 100% protection, it is important to be consistent in your use of condom; and to use it the right way each time you have sex. Only then will you benefit from the protection it offers.