The earliest use of condoms can be dated back to as far as 1000 BC. Egyptians would wrap the penis in linen sheathes before performing sexual acts. Some believe this was done for ritual while others argue it was the first example of conscious contraception. As history, society, and innovation progressed, so did the condom's shape, design, and acceptance in society.

The pictures above depict some of the basic investments needed when taking care of a child. Keep in mind the average cost for a condom is around 75 cents. In many cases, condoms can be obtained for free at doctor's offices and various health clinics.

How? What? Where?

Condoms are very easy to use and are generally the most common use of contraception for men. While female condoms are made, male condoms are much more apparent in society and are easier to apply. Application includes: removing the condom from the wrapper, sliding the condom over the penis, and leaving a tip as seen in the picture above to collect semen. The tip at the end also helps ensure that the condom will not tear or rip during intercourse. As the semen is collected within the condom, it is prevented from entering into the vagina during the process of insemination, thus blocking the sperm from traveling through the uterus and causing a pregnancy.

One and Done

Condoms are a single use plan of contraception. Trying to use the same condom multiple of times could raise the failure rate of 18%, resulting in a pregnancy or an STD.

What to Remember

Things to take away from this are:

- Condoms are for both male and female use, but typically men use them more than women.

- A condom can only be used once. Multiple use of a single condom could raise the failure rate and result in an unwanted pregnancy or STD.

- Buying a condom is considerably less expensive than having and providing for a child.

- There are no negative side effects of using a condom! While some may have a latex allergy and require latex free condoms (yes those are made) There is no risk to the user of the condom or the partner other than the risk of pregnancy or a sexually transmitted disease.

Another form of contraception including a rubber covering are crocs. These, like condoms, can help prevent pregnancies and STD's, however crocs usually began working immediately when two people come in contact with one another. Application is also very easy. Simply remove the product from its box and apply to both feet.

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