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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 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 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 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Patterson
41 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
About 80 - 83%%: If u use contraceptive film or foam as a backup then the effectiveness goes way up.
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 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Saurborn
22 years experience Diagnostic Radiology
Safe sex: When used properly condoms have a 2% failure rate for preventing pregnancy. In careless hands, condoms can have an 18% failure rate. So used properly, ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Sudler
39 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Best if no delivery: The sponge is more effective for women who have never given birth. If women who have never given birth always use the sponge as directed, 9 out of 10 ... Read More
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 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 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Safe for what ?: As a solo form of birth control they work well if used correctly. They are not a guarantee against pregnancy or the transfer of STD's. Some people can ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mika Hiramatsu
31 years experience Pediatrics
Very: Vaccines save lives. Before routine immunization, diseases like measles and whooping cough killed thousands of U.S. Children every year. The 1918 in ... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Very: They are the mainstay of HIV prevention when one partner is infected and the other is not. It would be difficult to overstate their value. Even people ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
21 years experience Pediatrics
To some degree: But remember some STDs are spread by any skin-to-infected-skin contact, and others by infected genital secretions. So, unless you wear a whole body c ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Moranville
35 years experience Psychiatry
Very effective: There is no one antidepressant that is effective for everyone, but there is an antidepressant or combination which will help anyone with depression. U ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marybeth Lambe
44 years experience Travel Medicine
Great not Perfect: Used absolutely perfectly, only 2% of women a year will still get pregnant when their partners use condoms. But 18% of women get pregnant in general w ... Read More
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A 72-year-old male asked:
Dr. Hanriet Minasian
17 years experience Internal Medicine
Very: In this era of frequent antibiotic use and poor dietary habits, probiotics help replete the body's natural flora. They help prevent overgrowth of cer ... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Diane Minich
36 years experience Family Medicine
9if used correctly: and every time they are @90-95 % effective.
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lynne Weixel
35 years experience Clinical Psychology
Great question!: They overlap in function, but also achieve separate goals. Also, pills have some risks for long-term health. Stds are not avoided by the pill. Pills a ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes, very often: Spermicidal foams, gels, and films when used alone without a condom have a significantly high pregnancy rate. In other words, if 100 women were using ... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
23 years experience Emergency Medicine
"Spermicidal"?: If you mean spermicidal condoms--they are birth control, and up to 99+% effective when used properly. Also help prevent std transmission.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Murphy
28 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Extremely effective: If you are experiencing anaphylaxis, Epinephrine is the drug that will save your life. It is extremely effective and no patient with a life threatenin ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrea Knittel
7 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Great!: If you want to prevent std transmission, using latex condoms is a great plan. They are effective at preventing hiv, gonorrhea, and chlamydia, and help ... Read More
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