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Barrier Methods

Barrier methods of birth control generally do not result in the development of side effects as hormonal contraceptives are known to do. In addition, it is possible to purchase certain types of barrier birth control such as condoms and sponges without requiring a prescription. The only disadvantage to using barrier birth control is the development of an allergic reaction to the latex in condoms. What’s more, with the exception of male and female condoms designed to protect against sexually transmitted disease infections, most other forms of barrier birth control cannot effectively protect you from contracting STDs. It is therefore advisable to always use a condom whenever you have sexual intercourse so as to protect yourself from STDs such as HIV/AIDS. Natural membrane condoms made out of sheepskin are not recommended however, as these do not offer perfect protection against all STDs.

Unlike other types of birth control, barrier methods of birth control are typically only used when a couple has sexual intercourse. It is important to carefully read the instructions provided on the package of the barrier contraception before using it. This will help to ensure that you use it correctly and succeed in preventing pregnancy each time you have sexual intercourse. For instance, a male or female condom should be immediately removed after intercourse and disposed of. On the other hand, contraceptive sponges should be left inside the vagina for at least six hours after intercourse before being removed and disposed of. A diaphragm or cervical cap must be left inside for at least six hours and then washed and stored to be used again. In the event that you suspect your barrier birth control method has failed or was used incorrectly, you may employ emergency contraception such as douching so as to prevent pregnancy.