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Birth Control Essay

2134 words - 9 pages

Birth Control

A. Condom
1. Description
2. How does it work?
3. How effective?
4. Where available?
5. Advantages/disadvantages of use.
6. Your opinion
B. Diaphragm
1. Description
2. How does it work?
3. How effective?
4. Where available?
5. Advantages/disadvantages of use.
6. Your opinion
C. Tubal Ligation
1. Description
2. How does it work?
3. How effective?
4. Where available?
5. Advantages/disadvantages of use.
6. Your opinion
D. Vasectomy
1. Description
2. Where available?
3. How effective?
4. How does it work?
5. Advantages/disadvantages of use.
6. Your opinion
The Condom
A thin, stretchy sheath about two inches in diameter and six to eight inches long, designed to be worn over penis during sex. Condoms form a physical barrier between penis and the vagina. After ejaculation the tip of the condom holds the semen and prevents it from traveling to woman's reproductive system to fertilize the egg.
Majority of condoms are made out of latex, a form of natural rubber. Condoms made of lamb intestines are often reffered to as skin or natural-membrane condoms. Lamb skin condoms are used less often due to the fact that it does not prevent transmission of STD's.
Condoms come rolled up in individual packets. After the erection is complete the condom should be rolled down to the base of the penis while holding the tip of the condom. If the man is not circumcised, the foreskin should be pulled back to put the condom on. The penis should be withdrawn from the vagina immidiately after the ejaculation and the penis starts to soften. When withdrawing the penis the condom should be held by the bottom to prevent if from staying in the womans vagina. When withdrawn it should be taken off carefully, without spilling any semen. Condoms were designed to be used only once, then thrown away. If the couple want more sex new condom should be used.
Used correctly, condoms are a very effective method of birth control. If latex condoms are used properly every time a couple had sex, the failure rate would be as low as three percent. Surprisingly close to that of the Pill. Average pregnancy rates are significantly higher: out of one hundred typical users, about twelve will get pregnant. Making it more effective then a diaphram. But less effective then a pill, and vastly more effective than no method at all: 85 percent of couples who use not type of contraception can expect pregnancy. Using a combination of a condom and spermicide increases its effectiveness. Condoms are available with spermicide inside the condom.
Condoms are also highly effective against HIV, and other STD's like chlamydia, gonorrhea and genital warts. Condoms are not good at preventing genital herpes being that it can be transimitted through skin to skin contact. Lamb-intestine condoms have microscopic pores. Small enough to stop the sperm. But STD's are capable of passing through the pores. These condoms are effective against protection of...

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