The Great Barrier Reaps Wonders For Safe Sex
It is important to practice safe sex to
avoid unwanted pregnancies and reduce the risk of contracting a
sexuality transmissible infection such as genital herpes,
hepatitis, gonorrhea or HIV.
A women taking a oral contraceptive pill will not be protected
against sexually transmissible infection, only pregnancy,. The
chance of becoming pregnant while using a condom is 2 percent 10
percent. depending on how carefully it is used and whether it is
used in conjunction with a spermicide.
If you had unprotected sex or if the condom may have failed, see
a doctor as soon as possible. Emergency contraception (the
"morning-after pill") is available on prescription, but must be
used within 72 hours of unprotected sexual intercourse.
Condoms provide a physical banner to sperm and sexually
transmitted diseases, and their effectiveness is dependent upon
their correct use. Condoms should always be stored away from
heat and sunlight, and should be discarded if they are beyond
their expired date.
Condoms may be damaged by heat. If they are handled roughly, or
if the vagina is too dry. Spermicides provide only limited
lubrication, so you may also need a lubricant. Vaginal
antifungal creams can damage condoms and diaphragms. Unsuitable
lubricants (such as baby oil or cooking oil) may also damage
condoms. Vaseline or butter can destroy the condom barrier
within 60 seconds.
Spermicides should be used in conjunction with condoms and
diaphragms to increase their reliability. Ask your healthcare
professional about spermicides and condoms.