Can I Get Pregnant Using A Condom?
If you believe what the condom manufacturers say, using condoms are nearly 100% effective at preventing a pregnancy. In fact, the statistics tend to bear this out, to a point. Studies show that condoms can be as much as 97% effective at preventing pregnancy when they are used properly. However, these studies do not account for the improper use of a condom, or for the failure of the condom itself. When these things are factored in, the effectiveness of condoms drops to around 86%. Obviously, this is a higher success rate than not using any contraception at all, but it is not as high as many people would like to believe.
Several things can make a condom less effective. A condom can break or split, for example. If a condom is not sized properly, it could slip off. A condom may become damaged, perhaps from a sharp fingernail. The use of oil-based lotions or other products can also damage a condom. Exposure to heat can reduce the effectiveness of a condom. This can happen from being left in sunlight or from being stored in a wallet over a long period of time. Using a condom after the expiration date printed on its packaging can also reduce its effectiveness. Finally, any contact between the penis and the vagina before the condom is put on can increase the risk of pregnancy.
There are some things that you can do that will increase the effectiveness of a condom. You should always put the condom on as soon as an erection occurs. When putting it on, make sure to hold the tip of the condom and unroll it onto the erect penis, leaving some space at the tip of the condom while making sure that no air is trapped in the tip. You should also use only water-based lubricants. Petroleum jelly, hand lotion, and baby oil are all oil-based and can weaken the latex of a condom. When you put on the condom, smooth out any air bubbles to make sure that the condom is fitting correctly. You should also withdraw the penis from the vagina immediately after you ejaculate, making sure that you hold the condom firmly to make sure that the condom does not fall off.