An alternative approach to the dual method use just described
is to use the male condom as the primary method for both STD
and pregnancy prevention. When used consistently and correctly,
the male condom is effective for both purposes.
If the condom is not used for a particular act of intercourse
or if it breaks or slips off, the client can then use emergency
contraception for pregnancy prevention. Emergency contraception,
however, will not protect against STD transmission. Emergency
contraception involves taking a specific regimen of contraceptive
pills. This regimen should be initiated as early as possible,
but no later than 72 hours after unprotected sexual intercourse.