Given the primary role of consistent condom use in the prevention of HIV and other STIs among this population, directing interventions to more closely target important gender-specific condom attitude and skill differences is a critical endeavor. Differences between men and women in sexual risk behavior In this study, women and men did not differ greatly in the degree to which they reported engaging in sexual risk behavior. Women were less likely than men to have used a condom with a main sexual partner, but women and men did not differ in the types of partners they reported or in the degree to which they used condoms with casual partners. Overall, these findings suggest slightly more risk for women by virtue of being somewhat more likely to be sexually active and, similar to the Brooks et al. Our finding of no gender effect in having casual partners differs from the Absalon et al. Differences between men and women in condom barriers For the sample as a whole, men were more likely than women to endorse barriers to using condoms. It is also consistent that men reported more condom barriers overall, while women perceived a more positive balance between advantages and disadvantages of condom use For both women and men, condom non-users reported more motivational barriers than condom users, but this difference was more pronounced for women. Compared to women, men who had a steady partner may have felt at greater risk of being suspected by that partner of infidelity if they initiated condom use; infidelity is a theme in several of the partner items.
Here's a look at a variety of birth control methods and how they each work. Hide Caption 1 of 14 Photos: Birth control methods A male condom is a thin casing worn on the penis during association. Hide Caption 2 of 14 Photos: Birth control methods During a vasectomy, a surgeon cuts the vas deferens, the tubes that carry sperm as of the testicles. It has a bankruptcy rate of about 0. The devices block sperm and change the coating of the uterus, which may adhere to a fertilized egg from attaching. Pregnancy is prevented from three to 12 years, depending on the type. Buckskin Caption 4 of 14 Photos: Beginning control methods The pill — Accepted in by the Food and Medicine Administration, oral contraceptives involve taking a daily pill with a combination of estrogen and a progestin. The hormones prevent ovulation and thicken a woman's cervical mucus, blocking sperm from fertilizing an egg. The female condom fits inside the vagina with a air at one end that covers the cervix.