May be especially good choice
for women or men who:
- are at increased STD risk
- cannot or do not want to use hormonal methods
- need a back-up method of contraception
- have sex infrequently, especially young adults
- want a method that is user-controlled
Barrier methods may be an especially good choice for certain
groups of people. Barrier methods, particularly condoms, are
appropriate choices for people at increased risk of STDs. Women
who cannot or do not want to use hormonal methods may choose
barrier methods. Barrier methods are a good choice for couples
who need a back-up method while waiting for another method to
take effect, or after using oral contraceptives inconsistently.
People who have sex infrequently may prefer to use a method
of contraception that is effective immediately and only used
when intercourse occurs. Those who have no access to other methods
of contraception may find barrier methods a convenient option.
For these reasons, barrier methods may be a particularly good
choice for young adults. Both men and women may prefer a method
of family planning they can control and can purchase privately
rather than through a health-care facility.