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Disadvantages

  • 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 sex.
  • 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.

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: January 14, 2014
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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