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The nice thing about condoms is that you can go to your local store and pick them up, which makes it very convenient. However, their effectiveness for pregnancy prevention is only approximately around 70% because they can break and/or people don't actually take them out and use them. In addition, the nice thing about condoms is that they actually are the only form of birth control that can help prevent and/or decrease your risk of sexually transmitted infections. I often tell my patients to practice the electrical fence rule: as you know, some people have electrical fences around their homes to prevent dogs from coming out. I say: have an electrical fence around your body. Use a condom to prevent the dogs from coming in.

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Gayle Dean, MD


  • Board Certified by the American Board of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  • Fellow, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  • Recipient of the “Respect” Physician Award – Tucson Medical Center

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