Sex is a part of adult life that many people, both married and unmarried, partake in from time to time. While sexually transmitted diseases are the number one risk associated with unprotected sex, pregnancy is right up there. Both men and women have an obligation to prevent unwanted pregnancy, but neither can depend on the other for pregnancy prevention. No matter what “she” says, men should learn the best methods of preventing pregnancy.
Condoms and Sex
Condoms are nearly 100% effective when used according to directions. Condoms are placed over the penis and often contain spermicide to kill sperm on contact. If condoms are used during intercourse, there is a slim chance a woman will get pregnant, but there are flaws in every prevention technique.
Condoms Have an Expiration Date
A condom that has been sitting in his wallet for several months is probably not in the best shape. Heat and air can affect how a condom will work and its ability to prevent pregnancy and the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases. Even condoms kept safely in a box will expire, so check the expiration date to ensure the condom is not out of date.
Condoms Do Break
Despite rigorous testing, condoms can break during intercourse. In the heat of passion, it is not okay to slip off a broken condom and promise to pull out before ejaculating. Men emit semen before ejaculation containing enough sperm to cause pregnancy and transmit disease. There is also the chance the woman is not being completely honest with a man about her STD status.
Alternatives to Prevent Pregnancy When Condoms are No Where in Sight
There are alternatives to condoms that will prevent pregnancy 100% of the time and all of them involve something other than penetration. Sex does not have to include intercourse. Intimacy is the root of sexual pleasure and when a condom is not available, being intimate is as far as it should go.
Intimacy can include massage, kissing, and light petting but no exchange of body fluids and no oral intercourse. Though pregnancy is not a problem during oral intercourse, STDs can be transmitted without protection.
Learn Your Limitations
If a couple is in the heat of the moment and no pregnancy protection is available, STOP. Continuing down the path of intimacy could bring a couple to the point where pleasure overrides good common sense. Taking chances on the pull-out technique, even between monogamous partners, is risking pregnancy every time. Just because you got away with it once, does not mean the same lucky ending will happen this time.