Friday April 3, 2020

People Having Sex with Casual Partners More Likely to Use Condoms

85% people in casual relationships more likely to use condoms

People having sex with casual partners are more likely to use condoms. Pixabay

People having sex with casual partners are more than twice as likely (85 per cent) to use condoms as people in committed relationships (36 per cent), says a new health and lifestyle study.

Researchers from McMaster University peered into the most intimate moments of sexually active women and men across Canada to ask if they’re using condoms, all in an effort to gather data that could inform decisions around public health and sex education.

For the study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, the researchers looked at penile-vaginal intercourse, a broad area that has been under-explored in recent decades. The study found that condom use is greater among more educated people (50 per cent of college and university graduates) and among people who have received some kind of instruction in how to use condoms. (50 per cent of those who have received instruction)

“The indications that condom education is associated with increased condom usage is an important reminder, if that education did not exist, condom use would decline and risk would rise,” said the study’s lead researcher Tina Fetner from McMaster University in Canada.

Educated people are most life to use condoms while having sex. Pixabay

In the study, researchers surveyed 2,300 people, balanced to mirror the gender, age, linguistic, educational, minority and regional make-up of Canada itself. The survey included adults who have had intercourse at least 10 times in the last six months.

The survey revealed that 30 per cent of Canadians use condoms in penile-vaginal intercourse. Use is highest among young adults. (71 per cent among 18- to 35-year-olds). Men who have been diagnosed with sexually-transmitted infections are about three times more likely to never use condoms than men who haven’t received an STI diagnosis, the study said.

“The conclusion in the field is that there is a group of people who are just risk-takers, who are more likely to get STIs and continue with their risky behaviour,” said Fetner.

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According to the study, men from visible minority groups are much more likely (67 per cent) than white men (40 per cent) to use condoms.

In later stages, the research team plans to survey people in other countries where data is lacking, and to analyse how the results compare to existing policies that might be changed to minimize STIs and unwanted pregnancies through improved condom use. (IANS)

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Every Woman Should Know About These Contraceptive Measures

Here 5 contraceptives and protective devices every woman know about

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Modern women can resort to many methods of contraceptive measures. Pixabay

Modern women can resort to many methods of contraceptive measures but most commonly used are oral contraceptives pills, intrauterine devices, vaginal ring, condom, contraceptives injection and contraceptive implant.

Anita Gupta, Senior Consultant, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Fortis La Femme, New Delhi explains in detail about the safest options.

Oral contraceptive pills are of many types, all containing hormones as a part of formulation. Most effective are the pills with low dose hormones. The low dose ensures less side effects and the combination of hormones ensures regular menses and less chances of inter menstrual irregular bleeding or spotting per vaginum. These pills can be taken for A considerable period of time. But it is better to start these after visiting a gynaecologist. One caution! Smoking and oral contraceptives pills is a very bad combination!!

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Oral contraceptive pills are of many types, all containing hormones as a part of formulation. Pixabay

The safer contraceptive with very less failure rate are the various intra uterine devices. There are two types of these devices; copper and hormonal. These have to be inserted in the uterus by a gynaecologist as an OPD procedure. Of these, the hormonal ones are better, available by the name of Mirena which can be used for five years and then replaced with a new one. The copper devices are of two types which have to be replaced after every three or five years depending on the one used.

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Condoms are one of the most used contraceptive devices. Pixabay

Then there is hormone-loaded rings which are placed in the vagina every month and the lady can insert it on her own every time. This is also a safe contraceptive method with less failure rate. Only issue is using a new one every month.

Injectable contraceptives are also available with an efficacy of three months. This is also a very effective method but sometimes there is a side effect leading to irregular bleeding in those three months.

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Very commonly used method is the barrier method where the male partner uses condoms. But this has the highest failure rate. (IANS)