FSRH | Barrier methods of contraception

28th September 2012 by Louise Hudman

This guideline is really just revision and I don’t think anyone has ever come in asking for information about condoms. However, I suppose that if we are being keen, when someone says ‘I’m using condoms’ for contraception, we should be checking that they are aware of the failure rates and, especially in young people, offering them information about safe condom use.

Failure rates with perfect use of male condoms is 2% per year (ie 2 women will fall pregnant a year). With typical use, the failure rate is 18%…

Anal Sex. For anal sex, use of lubricant greatly reduces the chance of breakage (from 21.4% to 3%). If inappropriate lubricant is used, the breakage rate is higher (eg oil based lubricant  7.7%, saliva 10.8%).

Read more

No bank details needed.

Join free trial

Login

Already a member? Login to view this content.

Login

"I have decided to retire from medicine, and so from the NASGP too. You have my heartfelt thanks for being around, especially for all the useful articles in your journal, and I wish you well for the future. "

Dr Stephen Pope

See the full list of features within our NASGP membership plans

Membership