Some people are embarrassed to use condoms or
feel they may interrupt foreplay or intercourse.
Both partners must be
comfortable with using a condom and be prepared to use one every time they have
Condoms may decrease sexual sensation.
Some people are allergic to latex (rubber). These couples
should use condoms made of polyurethane (plastic).
Condoms may break or leak.
Failure rates for
barrier methods are higher than for most other methods of birth control. Using an additional method of birth control is a good backup
measure in case a condom breaks. If a condom does break and you are using no
other birth control method, you can use
emergency contraception to help prevent pregnancy.