The Condom

The condom is a thin sheet of latex that snugly fits over the penis during sex. The condom keeps the semen (containing the sperm) from entering the vagina. Latex condoms are the most common type of condom sold in North America and are the only types of c ondoms that prevent transmission of HIV, the virus though to cause AIDS. They are an important part of practicing safer sex. The effectiveness of the condom depends entirely on if the condom is used correctly and the type of condom used. They are most effective before the due date, when stored in a cool dry place and when not used with oil based lubricants. They are somewhere between 77-95% effective in preventing pregnancy. It is important to know how to put a condom on properly.

Advantages of the condom
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readily available over the counter at many stores inexpensive causes no serious health threats gives the male an active role in the prevention of pregnancy and STD transmission increase protection from AIDs and other STDs

Possible Disadvantages of the Condom

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may interrupt sex as the condom must be put on the erect penis ineffective is used incorrectly or if the condom breaks some people experience allergic reactions to spermicides, lubricants or the latex of the condom must have withdrawal immediately after ejaculation to prevent the condom from slipping off may reduce sensitivity or pleasure may taste bad if used for oral sex (** flavored condoms are not spermicidally lubricated)

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