What Works/What Doesn’t

Preventing Pregnancy

Male Condom


A condom is a barrier method of protection made of latex (rubber) or polyurethane. It covers the penis and collects semen and other fluids, preventing them from entering a woman’s vagina.

Success Rate

With typical use, 15 women in 100 (15%) become pregnant in one year. With perfect use, 2 women in 100 (2%) will become pregnant in one year.

The Perks

When used correctly and consistently from beginning to end, condoms are the only method that protects against both pregnancy and STDs, including HIV. Plus, you don’t need a prescription, and they are cheap and easy to find at any drugstore.

Drag Factor

Condoms can leak or break if not put on or taken off correctly or if the wrong size. Oil-based lubricants (like Vaseline or massage oil) should not be used because these kinds of lubricants can cause condoms to break during sex.

How To Get It

At drugstores and supermarkets; costs 35¢ to $2 each. They are often free at family planning or STD clinics. Find a clinic at hivtest.org or plannedparenthood.org.

Provided By: Bedsider

Condoms, when used consistently and correctly, are the ONLY method that protects sexually active people from both STDs and pregnancy.