Pregnancy, Health, Marriage, Single-Parenthood, Broken Heart, Self-Esteem, Reputation, Goals, STD’s, Values and Beliefs
How “safe” is safe enough FOR YOU??? In order to answer this question, you should first determine the value of whatever it is that you want to protect. Remember: It’s never a good idea to gamble away what you want most in life for a moment of satisfaction.
Condoms and Pregnancy
Failure rates for condom use vary from about 2 to 35 unplanned pregnancies per year, but for “Typical use”, the failure rate is said to be in the range of 8-15 failures per 100 users each year. So if we were to use 8 failures to estimate how many condom users would become pregnant over the course of 10 years, it would look like this:
- Approximately 18 out of 100 would get pregnant within the first year
- Approximately 40 out of 100 would become pregnant after 5 years
- Approximately 80 out of 100 would become pregnant after 10 years
Condoms and STD’s
While using condoms can reduce your risk of infection, the impression that wearing a condom reduces the risk of STD transmission by 98%, is nothing more than an urban legend. If that were true, why don’t the condom manufacturers print it on their boxes anymore? Here is what the government’s top disease control agencies have to say about it:
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
“Latex condoms, when used consistently and correctly, are highly effective in preventing the sexual transmission of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. In addition, consistent and correct use of latex condoms reduces the risk of other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including diseases transmitted by genital secretions, and to a lesser degree, genital ulcer diseases. Condom use may reduce the risk for genital human papilloma virus (HPV) infection and HPV-associated diseases, e.g., genital warts and cervical cancer.”
Pretty vague right??
The National Institute of Health and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
- Condoms provide no reduction in the transmission of the human papilloma virus (HPV) or Trichomonas vaginalis.
- Syphilis transmission is reduced 29% for typical use. It is reduced 50 to 71% when condoms are used correctly 100% of the time.
- Gonorrhea and Chlamydia transmission is reduced by approximately 50% even when condoms are used 100% of the time.
- Genital herpes transmission is reduced by approximately 40%
- HIV transmission is reduced by approximately 85% when condoms are used correctly 100% of the time.
Perhaps this would account for the following U.S. statistics:
- There are an estimated 19 million people infected with an STD every year.
- Approximately 1 in 4 sexually active Americans is infected with an STD.
- 9,000 teenagers per day get infected with an STD.
- Most people who are infected with an STD show no symptoms.
Real safe sex
The truth is that the best and safest sex is found within the boundaries of a loving and committed marriage:
Married couples find their sexual relationship more satisfying than people who live together.
Married men and women report the most sexual pleasure and fulfillment.
Married men and women report having more enjoyable intercourse more often.
Stats from “162 Reasons to Marry” Pat Fagan, Anne Dougherty, and Miriam McElvain February 8, 2012