March 26, 2012
In making the decision to become sexually active there are two major things that need to be factored in; how am I going to protect myself from disease and pregnancy. This is where condoms and birth control come into play. While condoms and birth control share many of the same functions they are different in many ways. Often time people confuse the functions of the two and how they work. Even though condoms and birth control are both ways to prevent pregnancy, they both serve as functions beyond that some similar and some alike. Here are some interesting facts about the two and the ways in which they work.
A condom is a flexible sheath, usually made of thin rubber or latex designed to cover the penis during sexual intercourse for contraceptive purposes or as a means of preventing sexually transmitted diseases. There are condoms for females as well which is used by inserting it into the vagina. Wearing condoms does not provide a 100% guarantee that you will not get pregnant or receive sexually transmitted diseases; in fact condoms are only about 98% effective. If used correctly condoms can prevent the passage of semen in to the vaginal canal. Condoms however are mainly used to avoid receiving a sexually transmitted disease. Condoms also come in different textures to avoid allergic reactions. For example when purchasing condoms you may see latex and non-latex. This provides variety, safety, and comfort during sexual intercourse.
On the other hand birth control is the use of any practices, methods, or devices to prevent pregnancy from occurring in a sexually active woman. Birth control is used to prevent a fertilized egg in the uterus. Birth control and condoms are the same in that they are both used to prevent pregnancy. Birth control however does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases. Birth control also comes in many forms such as pills, patches, and devices...