Barrier Contraceptives

Typed Overview:

There are many different barrier methods that protect agaisnt unwanted pregnancy and STI's. Some of these methods are male condom, female condom, spermicide and many more. Barrier methods are often chosen because some of them are able to protect agaisnt STI's and pregnancy.
All these pregnancy prevention methods are used in different ways. A male condom is fitted around the erected penis before sex. Condoms are also known as rubbers and prophylactics. This is the most reliable method of protection. A female condom is put into the vagina by the woman before sex. It is 79 to 94 % effective depending on how well it is used. Spermicides and nonoxynol-9 are chemicals that kill sperm, and it comes in different forms such as vaginal suppositories, films, foams, and creams. It can be 50 to 94 % effective, but does not protect you against STI’s. Vaginal suppositories and films are square pieces of film containing spermicide that is paper thin, and it is inserted into the vagina 15 minutes before sex. A sponge is a disk-shaped barrier that contains spermicide and nonoxynol-9. A diaphragm is inserted into the vagina before sex and it prevents pregnancy by stopping the sperm from reaching the egg. Jellies and creams are used by inserting an applicator filled with jellies or cream. They are spermicide and a new dose has to be used each time before sex. Foams come in a can and has to be inserted with an applicator. It works right after it is applied and lasts for an hour


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Cross Word Puzzle
Contraceptive Barrier Powerpoint
Multiple Choice Quiz

Video of Female Condom
Video on Vasectomy

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Website for more information about barrier contraceptives:
Condoms and Spermicides
Contraceptive Methods
The Male Condom, the Female Condom, and Spermicides