Lifestyle and Health

Condoms: Male condoms and female condoms

Most of us buy our contraceptives directly from pharmacies based on the knowledge we gather from interacting with our peers mis-informed and from social media. The unfortunate thing about this information we get from social media and friends is mostly wrong. Either because of poverty or because we don’t think of birth control as a serious issue, only a very small percentage of us see doctors before settling on a suitable method of birth control to use.
Choosing a method of birth control is as serious as taking your blood pressure medication or keeping fit. That is why I am taking this opportunity to talk about contraception.
Contraception or birth control is a device that is used to prevent a pregnancy.
There are different types of birth control methods and these include;
1.Barrier methods.
2.Hormonal contraceptives.
4.Periodic abstinence.
5.Intrauterine devices.
6.Emergency post coital contraception.
Raise your hand if you have seen a female condom? Keep your hand up if you have used one…
I know there is a group of humans out there who don’t know that a female condom exists. As a matter of fact, I didn’t know there was one until I went to medical school so you are not alone.
The most commonly used barrier method is; a male condom, then there is a female condom that is not very popular, then we have the diaphragm and the cervical cap.
Male condom
This is thin sheath made from latex that is placed over an erect penis before a sexual encounter.
It is one of the most popular mechanical barrier.
Advantages include; protection from sexually transmitted illnesses.
Cheap- in fact the government supplies free condoms.
Some people are allergic to latex
Single use hence hectic
May decrease enjoyment of sex
Female condom
It can be inserted up to eight hours before sex.
1.Check the cover to make sure it is not past its expiry date.
2.Take it out of the packet.
3.Sit, lie or squat, squeeze the smaller ring at the closed end of the condom and insert it into your vagina as far in as possible. The larger ring at the end of the condom will cover the area around the vaginal opening.
4.During sex, you should guide the penis to enter into the condom and not between the condom and the side of the vagina
5.After sex, twist the large ring to prevent semen from leaking and pull it out.
Double protection with both a female and a male condom is not recommended as this may increase the chances of condom burst due to friction.
Condoms with all their disadvantages should be encouraged among young teenagers, people in long distance relationships where trust is an issue, in commercial sex, and between discordant couples as they reduce the chances of sexually transmitted diseases.
In case a condom breaks during sex;
1.Withdraw the penis immediately.
2.Avoid douching
3.Use emergency contraceptive pills as soon as is possible
4.Asses the need for post exposure prophylaxis against HIV.

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