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Are Condoms Effective?

Condoms are one of the most common and accessible contraceptive methods in the Philippines. However, its legitimacy and effectiveness have always been questioned.

The fact of the matter is, condoms are cheap and an effective way to prevent two things; unwanted pregnancies and acquiring or spreading sexually transmitted diseases. 

Here are the numbers that will show you how effective these rubber barriers are.

For Unwanted Pregnancy

Condoms can prevent unwanted pregnancies by about 85%. It means that if there are 100 couples that only use condoms as a contraceptive method, there are at least 15 of them who’ll probably get impregnated.

However, it can rise up to 98% to 100% effectiveness depending on how a couple uses it. If they follow the instructions perfectly or have experienced using it multiple times, they can assure themselves that its effectiveness can reach an all-time high.

For STIs

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) like gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, and HIV are easily blocked by condoms.

Condoms boast of 100% effectiveness in terms of preventing the spread of the mentioned infections, thanks to its main material, latex or rubber.

Latex or rubber condoms are very intact and even microorganisms won’t be able to pass through them easily, which makes them an effective material in preventing STIs.

Female Condoms

Although not widely known or used here in the Philippines, there are condoms specifically made for women.

They work as a barrier that contains the semen out of the vagina, just like male condoms, except it’s inserted inside the vagina. It can also prevent the spread of STIs.

Though this is not widely available in the country, studies from different countries around the world have shown its effectiveness to be at least 95% if used properly. If not, it can drop to up to 79%, which can still be considered as very effective.

Whatever the numbers may seem to say, it will still all fall down to how the couple will use it. Every condom box has instructions on how to use them properly to avoid mishaps. If you need to brush up on condom use knowledge, you may read this article: https://doitright.ph/how-to-use-condoms-correctly/

Sources: https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/birth-control/condom/how-effective-are-condoms

https://www.webmd.com/sex/birth-control/birth-control-condoms#1

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/323089.php

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