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Safe sex - condom

By Anonymous March 7, 2017 - 7:58am
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Can using condom only prevent pregnancy? How many percentage?
In what cases can we get pregnant, even though we used condom?

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Hello Anonymous,

Welcome to EmpowHER. Thank you for asking about condoms.

Condoms are great at preventing both pregnancy and STDs. If you follow the instructions and use them every time you have vaginal, anal, and oral sex, there's very little chance of pregnancy and your chance of getting or giving an STD is much lower.

If you use condoms perfectly every single time you have sex, they're 98% effective at preventing pregnancy. But people aren't perfect, so in real life condoms are about 82% effective — that means about 18 out of 100 people who use condoms as their only birth control method will get pregnant each year.

Using condoms + another form of birth control (like the pill, IUD, or shot) is a great way to get extra pregnancy prevention AND protection against STDs. Using withdrawal ("pulling out") while also wearing a condom can help keep sperm out of the vagina and lower the risk for pregnancy. (Planned Parenthood)


March 7, 2017 - 9:21am
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