Condom Alternatives to Consider — and What Not to Use

Condoms are one of the most effective methods to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). They have been used since ancient times. Today they are made from latex or polyisoprene, which is a mixture of rubber and other materials such as resins, waxes, fillers, etc., but they all work in the same way. A woman puts something called a “condom” on her genitals before having sexual contact with another person. If she gets pregnant during this act, it will not result in any harm to her because the baby would die within 24 hours after birth. However, if the man uses a different method of contraception than what she’s wearing then there could be some consequences.

The problem with using condoms is that they’re expensive. For example, a pack of three condoms costs $1.50 at your local drugstore.

You might think that you don’t need to spend money on something so useless, but sometimes you do need to save up for something like college tuition or car insurance.

So the question is: Do you really want to waste money on something that won’t protect you? Or do you just feel like it’s too much trouble?

If your answer is “yes,” then keep on reading and find out everything you need to know about the most effective form of protection that you can get. It will save you money in the long run, and it’s not as time-consuming as you might think.

Before we begin, there are some questions you should ask yourself:

Is it a good idea to use a form of contraception that may feel unnatural?

Do I have a fear of this method? If so, why?

What is it about this that freaks me out?

Am I able to maintain a real interest in using this form of contraception?

Do I want to save money in the long run?

If your answer to all these questions is “no,” then you don’t need to continue reading this article. For the rest of you who do want to know more, then keep on reading!

The first thing you need to know about using a female version of protection is that there are two forms of it: hormonal and non-hormonal. The difference between these two forms is very simple and quite obvious.

Hormonal birth control methods are those that contain artificial versions of the hormones found in your body. If you’re on the pill, for example, then it changes the way your body reacts in such a way that it prevents pregnancy. This could be achieved by releasing hormones into the blood stream or by changing the lining of your uterus so that it’s too thin for a fertilized egg to implant itself in.

Non-hormonal birth control methods don’t do anything like this. These methods are known as “barrier methods,” and they prevent pregnancy by creating a barrier between the egg and the “sperm.” The most common form of non-hormonal contraception is a device called a “diaphragm,” which is a small piece of silicon that is used to cover the entrance to your uterus, or womb.

Another common form of non-hormonal contraception is the use of “condoms,” which the name explains what it does. A man wears one over his genitals during sexual contact with you, and this prevents his “sperm” from coming into contact with your body.

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‘I think condoms are good but, aai, I hate those things’:: condom use among adolescents and young people in a Southern African township by C MacPhail, C Campbell – Social science & medicine, 2001 – Elsevier

Do alcohol and marijuana use decrease the probability of condom use for college women? by JL Walsh, RL Fielder, KB Carey… – The Journal of Sex …, 2014 – Taylor & Francis

Knowledge and acceptability of alternative HIV prevention bio-medical products among MSM who bareback by N Nodin, A Carballo-Dieguez, AM Ventuneac… – AIDS care, 2008 – Taylor & Francis

Why communication is crucial: Meta-analysis of the relationship between safer sexual communication and condom use by SM Noar, K Carlyle, C Cole – Journal of health communication, 2006 – Taylor & Francis