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Doctor insights on: Condom Use

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1 or 2 condoms?

1 or 2 condoms?

No added protection: New, undamaged, good quality condom when used properly can be quite effective against unwanted pregnancy and the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. Doubling up is not likely to offer you any additional benefit beyond what the condon is intended for, just costing 2x as much. Also, it is likely reduce the sensitivity and thus pleasure associated with relation. I am glad u r using it. Good luck. ...Read more

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Condoms (Definition)

These are mostly closed end tubes of latex and occasionally other materials to cover the penis during intercourse and prevent pregnancy and disease transmission. A wise person uses them when the history of their partner is unknown. There are some available for women's use ...Read more


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What are condoms?

What are condoms?

Condoms: A condom is a rubber barrier sheath placed over a man's penis. This barrier is used as a contraceptive to prevent pregnancy or to prevent transmission of sexually transmitted diseases. Female condoms are sheaths that serve as a barrier in a woman's vagina. More about condoms: male https://www.cdc.gov/condomeffectiveness/male-condom-use.html female https://www.cdc.gov/condomeffectiveness/female-condom-use.html ...Read more

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Are condoms medicine?

Are condoms medicine?

No: They are an external mechanical appliance which does not require FDA approval. They have no medical or pharmaceutical activity although they may prevent certain illnesses. ...Read more

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How are durex condoms?

How are durex condoms?

Healthtap doctors: are asked not to endorse specific brands or product lines. ...Read more

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Do condoms really work?

Yes: Wear it the right way, make sure it's a good quality condom. ...Read more

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How come condoms hurt me?

How come condoms hurt me?

Could be an: Allergy or sensitivity, need more details.

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How well do condoms work?

How well do condoms work?

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 with condoms since condoms are often used carelessly. Use spermicide with condoms. For latex condoms, water-based lubricants, such as k-y jelly or astroglide are safe but oil based lubricants like petroleum jelly, damage the condom and make it leak. ...Read more

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How do women condoms work?

How do women condoms work?

They are barriers!: They do not work well, either for disease prevention, enjoyment of sex, etc. What are you thinking of using these for: oral sex? Vaginal sex. Again, disease transmission remains high! ...Read more

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Where can you get condoms?

Where can you get condoms?

Anywhere! Everywhere: Hi, Condoms are everywhere. You can pick them up at the pharmacy, at the grocery store and even at the gas station. I have seen them sold singularly at convenient stores. Those online shoppers also have lots to choose from. ...Read more

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How safe are condoms alone?

How safe are condoms alone?

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 develop an allergic reaction to the material used. ?????? your question is not specific, so the answer must be as well. ...Read more

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How and why do condoms break?

Nothing's perfect: Things malfunction and break. That's physics. Obviously, inferior products have a higher failure rate. Applying or using them too vigorously may increase the risk of breakage. ...Read more

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Where can someone get condoms?

Where can someone get condoms?

Depends: These are usually available in pharmacies, supermarkets and I have seen them in dollar stores. For those who are uncomfortable buying them over the counter, you can order them on line. ...Read more

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What brand of condoms work best?

What brand of condoms work best?

The one you will use: Sure there a variety of condom -- different shapes, sizes, colors, ribbed, lubricated etc. You pay for what you get but even the more economical brands are effective at preventing unplanned pregnancy and for protection against fluid transmitted stds like hiv. The best condom in the world is the one you will use. ...Read more

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What brand of condoms works best?

No real best: Using a condom responsibly and using it correctly is more important than the brand that is used. The bells and whistles associated with condoms do not really much besides marketing. ...Read more

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Is it common for condoms to break?

Is it common for condoms to break?

Not common, but may: Condoms are vigorously tested for strength prior to packaging. Condoms do tear at times, and may be related to incorrectly placing them on the penis. Additionally, use appropriate lubrication if you are dry to prevent friction, and possible condom damage. If it does break with semen spilled inside the vagina, remember than Plan B emergency birth control should be taken as soon as possible. ...Read more

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What is the failure rate for condoms?

What is the failure rate for condoms?

2%: The pregnancy rate for condoms is 10% - 18% under real world conditions. The perfect use pregnancy rate is quoted as 2%. ...Read more

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What is a good substitution for condoms?

What is a good substitution for condoms?

Pregnancy or STD: Male condoms are your best choice for preventing both pregnancy and STDs. Female condoms put the girl in charge of her protection but cost a bit more. There are many other options to prevent unwanted pregnancy, such as the pill, IUDs, hormone implants, and Fallopian tube sterilization, but these methods do not protect against STDs ...Read more

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How long are condoms generally good for?

How long are condoms generally good for?

Condom shelf life: At least some companies have products with a 5 year shelf life. The expiration date will be stamped on the product. Life of condom will be much less if stored in hot environment. ...Read more

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Could condoms gueranteed 100% risk free?

Could condoms gueranteed 100% risk free?

Not guaranteed: Excellent form of birth control. But can rupture, can fall off during sex if condom not tight enough or after erection subsides ; penis remains inside partner. Thus there is also occasional risk of semen escaping between condom ; penis. Thus make sure condom is a good fit ; penile withdrawal occurs before erection subsides. ...Read more

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Are condoms necessary between 2 virgins?

Probably: If by virgins you mean both partners have never had any sexual contact with anyone, including oral, this is probably true as far as preventing most stis. It would not help if avoiding pregnancy is also involved. ...Read more

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Do latex ultra thin condoms break easily?

Do latex ultra thin condoms break easily?

No : Ultra latex thin condoms do not break easily if used correctly. Remember they must be stored safely too. Keeping them in your car or in a hot location can cause the material to break down. Also never use one passed the expiration date. ...Read more

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Aren't thin condoms more likely to break?

Aren't thin condoms more likely to break?

Condoms: Polyurethane non-latex condoms are usually thinner than latex condoms & do have a higher slippage and breakage rate. ...Read more

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What is the wallet-life of Durex condoms?

What is the wallet-life of Durex condoms?

Shelf life: "Durex foils and cartons are stamped with the lot number and expiration date as they come out of the manufacturing facility and are packaged for shipping. The expiration date represents the length of time the product is able to perform as indicated on the labelling based on scientific stability data. With some exceptions, Durex condoms normally have a shelf life of 5 years." Please see: ...Read more