The advantages and disadvantages of sheaths are summarised in Table 13.2.

Table 13. 2 Advantages and disadvantages of condoms (sheaths).

Advantages

Disadvantages

Easily obtained.

Interruption of foreplay.

Cheap (free on NHS).

Reduced sensitivity for male partner.

Very effective.

Great care required.

Protects against sexually transmitted disease.

Occasional allergy for either partner.

Possibly reduce risk of cervical cancer.

Vaginal treatments may damage sheaths (10)




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