How effective are condoms?


The male condom is about 85% effective against preventing pregnancy when used typically (efficacy is higher when perfectly used). It is made of latex, but if you are allergic to latex you can use polyurethane condoms. Aside from protecting against pregnancy, condoms protect against STDs and HIV. Lambskin condoms should not be used to protect against STD or HIV because their pores are larger.

Wendy Fried, M.D., FACOG, FACS, is an OB/Gyn with Northern Obstetrics and Gynecology, PC in North Hills, New York

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