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What Causes Male Condoms to Break?
There are several reasons why a condom would break:
What Causes Condoms to Come Off During Sex?
A condom may come off during sex because:
Where Can I Get Male Condoms?
Condoms can be purchased at most drug stores. Condoms also are sold in some vending machines in public restrooms.
How Effective Are Male Condoms at Preventing Pregnancy?
Condoms are about 85 % effective. With careful use, they are even more effective. Keep in mind that the best way to avoid getting pregnant is to not have sex (abstinence).
How Do Male Condoms Prevent STDs?
Latex condoms provide protection from sexually transmitted diseases by preventing the infected area from coming into contact with the partner. Polyurethane condoms provide some protection, although not as much as latex. Natural or lambskin condoms do not protect against STDs because they have larger holes or "pores" that allow the small particles that can cause some STDs to pass through.
Should Foam be Used With Male Condoms?
Contraceptive foam can offer added protection against pregnancy in case a condom breaks. Frequent use of spermicides can irritate the genital tissues and may increase the risk of STDs, including HIV/AIDS.
How Effective Are Foam and Male Condoms?
When used together and properly, foam and condoms are about 97% effective in preventing pregnancy.