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junlozada
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Hi, i have read through your articles regarding the proper use of condoms and learned a lot but just recently i had a chat with a practicing nurse about it. What she informed me is that condoms are just 60-70% effective when used properly that is why she uses the family planning method instead. Can this be true? coz it is confusing me..it contradicts the "knowledge" i got from this site and im not sure whether to doubt her or not coz she is a nurse.
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I'm afraid she was either uninformed herself or giving you information she knew to be false or inaccurate. We gather our information from many reputable organizations, including the World Health Organization. As their site says, even with typical use the effectiveness rate is still going to be around 86-90%. With perfect use, according to that site from the WHO, the effectiveness is 97%.

As for the "family planning method" I'm not sure what she means by that. If she means the fertility awareness method, that's not something suggested for young women as their bodies are still adjusting to the hormonal changes from puberty so their cycles may not yet be stable enough. Also, while the perfect use rate of the fertility awareness method is comparable to perfect use of condoms, the typical use rate is 80%, even lower than the typical use rate of condoms.

Are you trying to decide on a method of birth control? If so, you might find our article, Birth Control Bingo!, to be helpful. And if you want to use two methods to increase your protection, you can see our article The Buddy System: Effectiveness Rates for Backing Up Your Birth Control With a Second Method
for more information.

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thanks for the clarifications! More power!
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billy Mck
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I was wondering if condoms from a condom dispenser are safe or not. My girl and I want to have sex for the 1st time and I dont know where to get any.
It doesnt help that I only have 3$ [Frown]
Any tips?

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Generally, I'd suggest avoiding condoms from a dispenser. They're quite likely expired and/or of low quality.

Can you use those $3 to get to a clinic like planned parenthood? If you can, you should be able to get a handfull of condoms for free.

If not, why not just wait until you two can save up enough to buy box at the drug store (any pharmacy, such as CVS, will have condoms. So will stores like Walmart, Target, and most big grocery stores. Some convenience stores sell them from behind a counter--that's much better than getting them from a dispenser).

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K, thanks for the advice [Big Grin]
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Oh, and one more thing, if I do go to a clinic to get free ones, what should I say?
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You can just ask if they have any free condoms available - it's something they hear all the time, and if they do have some, they'll be more than happy to let you take what you need.

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ok ty [Big Grin]
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