Condoms are a type of sexual contraceptive that is used primarily to prevent pregnancy. They have also been shown to help reduce the risk of contracting and spreading other sexually transmitted diseases, commonly known as STDs. It is made with a elastic material that can form a protective barrier that molds to the form the penis. Many condoms are made with latex, the material responsible for the elasticity, but as there are people who have an allergy to latex, some available on the market are latex-free.
As a contraceptive, condoms act as not only a barrier between sex organs, but also to collect semen during intercourse. This mechanism is responsible for preventing unwanted pregnancy and the spread of STDs. Some STDs known to be prevented by using condoms are genital herpes, syphilis, and gonorrhea. In principle, it is always recommended to use a condom during sexual intercourse unless a couple is trying to conceive a child.
What are some important things to remember concerning condoms?
Like clothing, condoms are not one size fits all. There are many different sizes of condoms and different types. It is important to make sure that the condoms purchased are the correct size. If the condom is too small, it may cause discomfort for the male or even increase the risk of tearing, increasing the risk of pregnancy or STD transmittal. Too large a condom has a similar effect in that it will also not prevent pregnancy or the spread of STDs. Due to this, it is always important to make sure that the condom fits comfortably and correctly.
How effective are condoms in preventing pregnancy?
As condoms serve primarily as a contraceptive to pregnancy, it has a 98% percent guarantee of preventing pregnancy. Due to this, it is important to remember that condoms are not a 100% guarantee in stopping pregnancy.