Healthy Sex life

Safe Sex – Types of Contraceptives

As responsible adults it is crucial to use proper protection when having sex to prevent unwanted pregnancies. For those of you who are familiar with some of the contraceptives available, you may also know that the success (or pregnancy prevention rate) varies between each method!
Knowing which method will suit your needs and adequately prevent unwanted pregnancies can significantly enhance your sex life and allow you to have worry free and uninterrupted intercourse!

Types of Contraceptives

Male Condoms

General Information – the male condom is one of the most common types of contraceptives and can be purchased at most convenience stores and gas stations. The condom can be made of latex, lambskin, or even polyurethane and is disposed after each use. Condoms are also effective in preventing STD’s

Ease of use – These condoms are fairly easy to use however they must be applied to an erect penis which means that if you and your partner are getting hot and heavy you have to completely stop what you are doing and apply the condom.
Success Rate – Most condoms are around 84-85% successful however if the condom has a spermicidal lubricant added then the success rate jumps to 95%
Average Price – Free at your local health department or Planned Parenthood center however you can purchase them at a store for anywhere between $2-$15 (depending on the amount, type, etc.)

Female Condoms

General Information – the female condom is less reliable and not nearly as popular as the male condom. These condoms are usually bought at general stores like Wal-Mart and are made out of latex or polyurethane. This condom is actually akin to a pouch with a ring around the exterior that rests on the outside of the vagina during use. The penis is then inserted into the pouch and intercourse can take place with the condom preventing any male secretions from entering into the vagina and potentially impregnating the female.

Ease of use – Unlike the male condom the female condom can be applied prior to the penis being erect since it doesn’t rely on the erection to hold it in place. Unfortunately this type of contraception is a little awkward to insert and can make noises during sex should there not be enough lubricant.
Success Rate – around 79% however if you use a spermicidal lubricant the success rate increases
Average Price – $2.50-$5 per condom

Combined Pill

General Information – this pill is a combination of estrogen and progesterone and supplement the female hormones so that pregnancy is avoided even when the male ejaculates into the female. The pill must be taken daily and has several benefits other than being a contraceptive such as relief from heavy or painful periods, endometriosis, and even relief from premenstrual syndrome.

Ease of use – these pills must be taken every day at the same time. Failure to adhere to the strict schedule results in a decreased success rate.
Success Rate – 99% successful when taken on time every day
Average Price – Usually these pills are covered by insurance companies so your cost may just be your copay if you have any, however generally they cost $5-$30 each month

Progestogen – only pill

General Information – these pills are much like the combined pills however they do not have any estrogen and are for women over 35 years of age or those who smoke.

Ease of use – must be taken daily and
Success Rate – 99% when taken properly
Average Price – these pills will be around $5-$30 each month depending on your insurance


General Information – Intrauterine devices or intrauterine systems are small T shaped devices that release copper or hormones while they are in the cervix. These devices must be inserted by a medical professional.

Ease of use – despite the one time visit and periodic checkups, the IUD’s can stay in place for many years and can be removed when the couple wants.
Success Rate – Almost 100% success rate
Average Price – Depends on the type of insurance. Some insurance companies will completely cover all costs while others may make you pay co-pays. Therefore the cost can range from $0-$400


General Information – the Depo shot is given every 11-13 weeks while the Lunelle shot is a monthly injection. Each of these works by injecting hormones into the body. These shots help regulate the ovaries and reduce the risk of pregnancy while providing relief from irregular or painful menstrual symptoms.

Ease of use – definitely one of the most convenient methods since only periodic doctor visits are required.
Success Rate – almost 100%
Average Price – Depends on health insurance and can range anywhere from $0-100 per shot/doctors visit.

Contraceptive patch

General Information – a thin tan colored patch that sticks on the skin and provides hormones that are absorbed.

Ease of use – must be replaced once a week and can be placed on arm, stomach, or even buttocks.
Success Rate – almost 100%
Average Price – anywhere from $0-$40 each month depending on insurance

Vaginal Ring

General Information – these rings are made of a flexible plastic and are inserted into the vagina. They then release hormones throughout the month and can be inserted in the privacy of one’s own home.
Ease of use – since there is no daily pill to worry about all the female has to do is replace it once a month and she can have a worry free sex life!
Success Rate – Almost 99% successful
Average Price – anywhere from $0- $40 per ring depending on insurance

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Author: Peter

Peter is an experienced author specializing in men's health issues. He started in 2007 and is dedicated to continue to grow the website to become a recognized resource for men worldwide.