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Who Should Use The Female Condom
Anyone: It is a loose-fitting condom that is placed into vagina prior to intercourse/sex to prevent pregnancy and std's. There are two rings on either end so that the condom will stay in place. They can be tricky to use, so not my favorite contraception to recommend to a patient. Use only one kind of condom, don't use both male and female condoms at the same time--this can cause friction/tearing. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Yes: You may need some lubrication.Get a more detailed answer ›
Slippage/Breakage: Are the only woman-controlled, non-hormonal barrier contraceptive that not only prevents pregnancy but also STDs. Failure rate of 5% w/ perfect use, up to 20% w/ typical use. Newer versions easier to use; men like them b/c they allow more freedom and friction. Careful when removing to avoid spill. Make sure the penis doesn't miss the condom. Never use two condoms together. They'll slip/break. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: No we can not tell one way or the other. ...Read more
I am female and have HSV2 in my perianal area. How can I protect my partner? Can I use a bandage? I worry condoms are useless with where it is.
Preventing herpes: Correct, bandages won't help. Most HSV2 transmission occurs when no visible outbreak. The ways to prevent genital HSV2 transmission are 1) no sex during outbreaks until healed, 2) consistent condom use, 3) suppressive treatment with anti-HSV drug, usually valacyclovir (Valtrex) once daily. Condoms should work for herpes of the perineum, and virus probably is present elsewhere in your genitals. ...Read more
How effective are condoms in preventing HIV male to female transmission? If there is a unknown status and condom use should I worry? Vaginal sex 2x
Do I have to use female condom and my partner his condom all the time since I have HPV?? Doesn't condoms cause rash/itchiness/skin irritation? Help
It's your choice: Almost everybody has a few strains of HPV. Even the dangerous strains produce only lesions that are manageable if detected early -- with a woman's pap smear and a man simply keeping an eye on himself, the danger to life is minimal. Many couples like condoms, but if you're monogamous and dislike them, it's really your decision. ...Read more
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