Condom

How it works:

A condom is a thin latex or latex-alternative barrier device. The male condom is worn on the penis, or the female condom is placed into the vagina, before having sex. Condoms prevent sperm from entering the vagina, so it does not have the chance to meet and fertilize an egg. Using a condom with a hormonal birth control method is the most effective way to prevent both pregnancy and STIs. The condom is about 98% effective at preventing pregnancy when used correctly every time during sex. However, condoms are only 79%-82% effective at preventing pregnancy when not used correctly every time during sex which means that 18 in 100 women will get pregnant.

Perks:

  • Protects against sexually transmitted infections (STIs)

  • No prescription is required

  • Small and portablen

Drawbacks:

  • Must be used correctly every time you have sex