A: Low-maintenance birth control is great for preventing unplanned pregnancies, but it doesn’t protect you against STIs. So, you should always use a condom when you have sex—even if you are using low-maintenance birth control.
A: There’s no “right” brand of condoms. When you go to the store, the majority of the condoms you’ll see will be made from latex, which is durable and will protect you from both unplanned pregnancy and STIs. If you or your partner has a latex allergy, you can look for polyurethane or polyisoprene condoms. These are a little harder to find, but will provide the same protection as latex condoms
A: It’s always a good idea to use condoms and another form of birth control! Condoms are 98 percent effective if you use them the right way and if you use them every time you have sex. They protect against sexually transmitted diseases as well as pregnancy.
BUT a condom can break, so it is a good idea to have a backup form of birth control, like the pill.
A: Every guy may have his own reason for not wanting to use a condom. However, when having sex, the decision to not use condoms should be agreed upon by both people.If one person refuses, then sexual intercourse should not occur. Remember, unprotected sex can put you at risk for pregnancy, STDs and even HIV/AIDS.
A: There are a couple of different ways. Some, like gonorrhea, Chlamydia, and HIV/AIDS, are spread through bodily fluids, including vaginal secretions, semen, or blood. Others, like herpes or genital warts can be spread through skin-on-skin contact with an infected sore.
Using a latex condom every single time you have sex will help protect you and your partner from STDs and STIs. And if you are sexually active, don’t forget to get tested often!
A: Some people are allergic to latex, which is what a lot of condoms are made out of. Lots of major condom brands make a latex-free version and you can find them the same places you find latex condoms.
A: Try talking about using condoms before you have sex. That way you’re not talking about it in the heat of the moment. Explain why it’s important to use condoms to help prevent STDs and unplanned pregnancy. Let your partner know that it’s not that you don’t trust him, you’re just trying to protect both of you.