What is a condom?
A condom is a cylinder shaped sheath of latex or sheep intestine
that is worn over the penis during intercourse. It can be used as a
method of birth control and/or for protection against STD's. Some
condoms contain Nonoxynol-9, a spermicide that not only kills sperm
in case the condom leaks or breaks, but is also instrumental in
reducing the rate of STD transmission.
How effective is it in preventing pregnancy?
As a method of birth control, the condoms failure rate is 12% for
the typical user. For the perfect user, one who uses condoms with
every act of intercourse and uses it correctly according to the user
pamphlet included in the condom packaging, the failure rate is only
Virtually none. Some people may have an allergy to the latex in
the condom or to nonoxynol-9. If you have an allergy to latex, you
may want to try a sheep skin condom. However, the sheep skin condom
is not as effective in preventing pregnancy or transmission of STD's
and HIV as the latex due to the large pores in the sheep skin
Who should use a condom?
Anyone who is concerned with preventing pregnancy and STD
transmission, especially those who are at high risk for HIV.