If you are currently looking for the perfect birth control method, you might be overwhelmed by all of your choices. There have been a lot of medical advances over the years when it comes to contraception, and there are various pills, IUDs and other options that you can look into. However, one of the oldest forms of birth control is also one of the best in the eyes of many -- condoms. These are a few reasons why.
1. They're Highly Effective (When Used Properly)
Obviously, one of the most important things to consider when comparing birth control methods is how effective each method is. When used properly, meaning that they are put on properly and that they are used each and every time that you have sex, condoms are approximately 98 percent effective. Even when you include the margin of error that can go along with misuse or broken condoms, they are about 82 percent effective.
2. They Help Protect Against STDs and STIs
Birth control pills and other methods of birth control might work well at preventing unwanted pregnancies, but they aren't effective at preventing the spreading of STDs or STIs at all. This is a serious concern, especially if you have sex with multiple partners, if you have sex with partners who have not been tested recently for STDs or STIs or if you sleep with someone who does have an STD or STI. Although there is no 100 percent effective option for preventing the spreading of diseases, using condoms can definitely help.
3. They're Easy to Transport and Use
Another great thing about condoms is the fact that they are easy to transport and use. Both men and women can carry them, and they can be used on the spot. This helps reduce errors that can come from things like not taking all of one's birth control pills at the same time each day or getting sick and vomiting, causing birth control to be less effective. Plus, you have to take your partner's word for it that other birth control methods are being used, but this is not the case with condoms, when you can easily tell if a condom is being used during sex.
Even though you might be excited about some of the birth control options that are out there, it's still a good idea to consider using condoms for contraception. In fact, these are just a few of the many benefits of condoms when used to prevent unwanted pregnancies.