Family Planning – The Condom

Each couple will have to decide which method of contraception is the best for them in order to plan and space pregnancies. There is no perfect method for every couple. Some couples change methods along with the circumstances in their lives.

Circumstances like:
  • The length of time a newly wedded couple needs for adjustment to each other before assuming the responsibility of parenthood. (Findings shows that the presence of a child during the first two years of marriage doubles the likelihood of divorce).
  • The couple’s ability to care adequately for the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of each child brought into the world.
  • The wife’s health (most women do not reach full biological development until about age 23, and the best time for motherhood is the five-year period following full biological maturity; also pregnancy before full maturity is full of risks: a high death rate among babies, high date rate among young mothers, spontaneous abortions, stillbirths, and toxemia).
  • The effect that the fear of pregnancy may have on the full enjoyment of the sex relationship

The Condom

The Condom, with cream or foam is most preferred type of condom when it comes to family planning. The condom, when used alone, falls at the rate of 26 pregnancies per 1,000 couples per year. But when combined with a contraceptive cream or foam, the rate is less than 10 per 1000 women per year. The condom (or “rubber” as it commonly called) is readily available without prescription, has no side effects, is easy to use, and places the responsibility for birth control on the husband rather than on the wife. The probability of pregnancy owing to a defective condom is less than one in three million chances.

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