National condom week 2017 is to take place February 14th through the 21st which also coincides with Valentine’s day. As Valentines Day approaches, the romance rises between couples. While romantic, this can have some devastating effects if not prepared for properly. The most common contraceptives among young adults and middle aged people are birth control and condoms. However, condoms are not always used regularly. Situations like pregnancy and getting a sexually transmitted disease or infection could arise from this practice.
For those who don’t know, there is a difference between birth control and condom use. Birth control is often hormone based and used to prevent pregnancy or lessen the effects of a woman’s period. Birth control is recommended for those who want to avoid pregnancy until they are ready. Condoms are used during sexual intercourse to help prevent pregnancy as well but they do one other, very important, thing. Condoms can assist in preventing both partners from getting a sexually transmitted disease. Most of the time, medical professionals will recommend birth control and condom use together to increase your protection.
There are benefits of using condoms. The first is as stated above, condoms are effective in preventing STD’s. “Condoms and female condoms are the only methods of birth control that also help prevent the spread of sexually transmitted infections” (Planned Parenthood). Another is that condoms do not cost much and they are easy to get. In the United States, they can be bought almost anywhere including convenience stores. Next is pleasure, condoms provide protection while also allowing both people to enjoy the moment, “Safer sex is better sex because it stops stress from killing the mood” (Planned Parenthood). Lastly is that condoms do not have any side effects other than a possible latex allergy and they help other methods of birth control work better, “Adding condoms to your birth control lineup can give you extra pregnancy protection. No method is 100% effective, so adding condoms as a backup helps you prevent pregnancy if you make a mistake with your other method or it fails” (Planned Parenthood).
All in all, there seems to be no reason as to why someone would not use condoms. They provide protection, they can improve the pleasure of the moment, and are easily accessible. Considering Valentine’s day is approaching it is best to be prepared and safe instead of scared and worried down the road. Don’t you think?