A condom is a protective measure that can help us have safe sex. Here, in this article, we will look into what condoms are, the different types of condoms, and how to choose the right condom.
According to Fortune Business Insights™, The global condom market size was USD 4.48 billion in 2019 and is projected to reach USD 9.90 billion by 2027, exhibiting a CAGR of 9.3% during the forecast period.
There are different contraceptive products available in the market. However, condoms provide extra protection from contracting STDs and STIs like AIDS, Hepatitis, etc. Although they are affordable and available from any drug store without any prescription, only 5% of Indians use them while having sex.
Using a condom while having sex can prevent unwanted pregnancies. WHO highly recommends the usage of a condom as part of family planning.
Male Condoms and Female Condoms
You can use a male condom to cover an erect penis to prevent the entry of semen to the woman's vagina. They are the most effective way to prevent STDs and STIs. Studies show that male condoms are 86% effective in preventing unwanted pregnancies.
There are different types of male condoms available in the market.
Let's have a look at them!
Most of us are unaware of the existence of a variety known as female condoms. They are lubricated plastic tubes with two flexible rings. The ring on one side is sealed, and the other is open. They are an alternative to the male ones and can provide women the right to take care of their sexual well-being. They are non-latex, and women have to wear them inside their vagina. They don't have any side effects. However, they are only 79% effective. It is essential to insert them correctly to avoid pregnancies and infections.
It is essential to choose the right condom to avoid any form of problems. Most of the time, people face discomfort or breakage because they are not using the correct size, sometimes people even face allergies. You can avoid that by using chemical-free ones which are made up of natural substances. Let's look at some of the ways by which you can choose the right condom!
Choose the right size: Condoms are available in three different sizes. They are standard, snug, and large. Try to measure the penis while it is erect to find the right size. You have to measure both the length and width to know what type of condom suits you.
Always choose a condom based on the material. It is better to purchase a latex condom. You can also check with the design and whether they have built-in lubricants. However, you can always use a lubricant for extra comfort.
Wearing a condom while having sexual intercourse is an excellent way to reduce the chances of contracting STDs and STIs. You have to use them consistently to reduce getting any form of infections and to avoid pregnancies. Most condoms provide the same amount of pleasure and can aid in birth control.
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