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To make an informed decision about pregnancy prevention, it’s important to know the effectiveness of different birth control methods. One such method you may wish to discuss with your gynecologist is condoms. Condoms are popular choices for birth control because they don’t require daily use and don’t involve hormones, but are they effective? Here is what you need to know.


Condoms are approximately 98% effective, as long as they are used correctly. Using a sharp object to open the condom wrapper, using an oil-based lubricant, or putting the condom on incorrectly or at the wrong time can all lessen the effectiveness. Unlike some birth control methods, condoms also protect against STDs. Some people choose to use another method, such as birth control pills, in conjunction with condoms in order to prevent both pregnancy and STDs as effectively as possible.

At Washington Surgi-Clinic, we’re here to help you understand your options for birth control as well as your choices for pregnancy termination in Washington, D.C ., should an unwanted pregnancy occur. You can schedule an appointment today by calling (202) 659-9403.