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Health Information For Teens
Are condoms 100% effective?– Kelsey*
No type of condom prevents pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) 100% of the time. But if you and your partner are having sex, nothing protects against STDs better than a properly used condom.
For those having sex, condoms must always be used to protect against STDs, even when using another method of birth control. They must be used correctly and must be used every time you have sex. Even when used correctly, condoms do not protect against infections spread from sores on the skin not covered by a condom (such as the base of the penis or scrotum).
Using a condom correctly doesn’t only mean putting it on right side out. You should also:
If a condom breaks or slips off and you are concerned about pregnancy, call your health care provider or pharmacist to discuss emergency contraception. And both partners should be tested for STDs.
While condoms aren’t perfect, if you’re going to have sex, they are the best way to protect yourself.
*Names have been changed to protect user privacy.
Condoms may be a good birth control option for couples who are responsible enough to use one each time and people who want protection against STDs.
Some people – even those who are having sex – are embarrassed by the topic of condoms. Here are some tips for talking about condoms with your partner.
Some birth control methods work better than others. This chart compares how well different birth control methods work.
You’ve probably heard lots of discouraging news about sexually transmitted diseases. The good news is that STDs can be prevented. Find out how to protect yourself.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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