Thursday, May 5, 2011

Is it safe to use two condoms at a time?

Women Condoms 
A common question about condom use is whether or not males should use two condoms during intercourse to decrease the chances of pregnancy. Along the same lines, many people believe using both a male condom and a female condom may provide even better pregnancy protection.
Although it may seem like a good idea, it is not recommended (for either safer sex or pregnancy protection) to use two condoms at the same time. This act, also known as "double bagging," can actually increase the friction between the condoms during sex which makes them more likely to rip or tear. It is fine to just rely on the use of one condom as your method of birth control as condoms are 85% to 98% effective and are not only reliable in preventing pregnancy, but can successfully protect against many sexually transmitted infections.
Also, keep in mind that a male condom should never be used at the same time as a Ladies Condom When used as one’s only contraceptive method, female condoms are 79% to 95% effective. Like its male counterpart, the female condom reduces the risk of many sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. It functions as an extensive barrier that can protect the vagina, cervix and external genitalia.

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