This is a continuation of the first Birth control where we discussed abstinence and the rhythm method. Today we will discuss the barrier method. This method as the name suggests creates a barrier between the sperm and the egg. This method covers a whole lot of types that one can choose from. We will begin with what i believe is the most common method of contraception, The condom.
There are two types of condoms, the male condom and female condom. The female condom is not as common as the male condom. It was introduced into our country a while back.
The Female condom is made of man made rubber such as latex or polyurethane. Just like any other condom it comes with instruction on how to use it. At each end there is a flexible ring. At the closed end of the sheath, the flexible ring is inserted into the vagina to hold the female condom in place. The other end of the sheath stays outside the vulva at the entrance to the vagina. This ring acts as a guide during penetration and it also stops the sheath from moving up inside the vagina. It can be inserted into the vagina up to 8 hours before intercourse (how safe can it be right?). This can be done in any position such as sitting, standing, squatting, if you use tampons, the position you prefer will be best.
It comes with lubricant just like the male condom but one and use additional lubricant (water Based) and also spermicide. It works by preventing sperms from reaching the egg. You need to use a fresh condom every time you have intercourse. Please note using both the male and female condoms together is not advisable as a matter of fact DO NOT USE THE MALE AND FEMALE CONDOM TOGETHER.
Ladies you can be in charge of your own fate when using this one which is something many women would like, so, try it…..you never know until you do.
The male condom is very common. The condom can be made from Latex and for those who are allergic to latex there are brands of condoms made of polyurethane and natural lambskin. Visit your doctor to advice you further on this. The male condom is put over the male genitalia. Again, follow the instructions given to the letter for the best results. The male condom is believed to be among the most successful methods of contraception, when used correctly and the success rate of the condom can be higher if used in collaboration with spermicide.
The condom not only prevents pregnancy but also Sexually Transmitted Infection/ Diseases. The Natural lambskin condom however has small pores that prevent the entrance of sperm but may not smaller bodies such as viruses, bacteria and fungi that cause these diseases and infections. Condoms come either lubricated or not. When not lubricated or when there is need for more lubrication, one can use water based lubricants such as ky jelly. One should however not use oil based lubricants such as massage oil, lotions, petroleum jelly, baby oil. These lubricant weaken the condom leading to possible tearing.
Dos and Donts of condoms
- Always follow the instructions that come with the condom on how to use it. For example small things like using the male condom on the wrong side could lead to the failure of this condom.
- One can always use additional lubricant with the condom but ensure it is WATER-BASED.
- Spermicides can also be used in collaboration with either condom. This increases the success rate of the condom
- Never use the male and female condom together. This is a recipe for failure.
- Always use a new condom every time you indulge.
- After use of any condom ( or any contraceptive) and you notice anything unusual, always go to the doctor, they ALWAYS advise right.
Okay I do not like a long blog, no matter how interesting they may be so we will stop there and on the next article we will discuss the other forms of barrier methods which include the contraceptive sponge, Diaphragm, Cervical cap and Cervical shield.
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