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Barrier Methods
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Section 1

- Objectives
- Methods
- Good Health
- Characteristics
- Characteristics
> Users
- Global
- Pregnancy
- STDs
- Counseling
- Instruction

Section 2
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Section 1 - Overview of Barrier Methods

Barrier Method Users

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

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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.



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