What is a condom?
A condom is a type of barrier contraception. Condoms are most commonly used to prevent semen from being released into the female reproductive tract. With perfect use, condoms can be 98 percent effective in preventing pregnancy and STIs.
But with typical use, the effectiveness of condoms is about 85 percent. Condoms are inexpensive, readily available, safe, and an effective birth control method.
Are condoms still popular?
Condoms, especially male condoms, are the most popular barrier method of contraception because they offer protection from unwanted pregnancy as well as from sexually transmitted infections.
They are inexpensive, effective, and about 98 percent effective if used correctly. Additionally, they’re easy to wear, and there are no side effects from using condoms, except for an allergy to latex in some people.