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How effective are condoms

A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Chappell
10 years experience Family Medicine
75%: Both methods are about 75-85% effective. Proper condom use increases their effectiveness, including applying the condom before penetration. Here's a g ... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Patterson
41 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
About 85%: Because sometimes there could be a microsscpic hole or sperm can leak out around the edge, if u use condoms and something else like contraceptive foam ... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Condoms work: Yes. They are all extremely effective if worn from before insertion to withdrawal after sex. They are the number one choice for pregnancy prevention ... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jane Van Dis
17 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Very: Plan b taken within 1 hours is going to have an effectiveness rate of around 80-85%. That is if a woman were ovulating at that time, she would have 80 ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Kurss
38 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Fairly : Can't recall the results of an actual study certifying effectiveness of condoms to prevent the transmission of genital herpes. Be aware that, general ... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
26 years experience Internal Medicine
Pretty good.: Very effective if used consistently and properly. Failure rate with perfect use is about 2%. Failure rate with typical use is 20%.
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jane Van Dis
17 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
50%: For plan b, around 50% 55 hours after unprotected sex. Condoms alone if used over course of 1 year will have a 25% pregnancy rate. Sounds like a more ... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Condoms: Consistent & correct use of condoms has a 98 % rate of efficacy in preventing pregnancy. However, condoms are not always used consistently or pro ... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Al Hegab
Dr. Al Hegab answered
39 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Latex: Not lamb skin condoms better defend against stds/hiv, but not 100% protection, still practicing safe sex is your best option
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Baumann
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
No studies: Condoms, if properly used, are very effective. I am not aware of any study that would have addressed the lowering of effectiveness of condoms by openi ... Read More

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