Condoms are made to prevent unplanned pregnancies and STDs and they come in different styles and colors. But all of them are used in the same way and for the same purpose. It is put on an erected penis while having sex to prevent sperm from entering the vagina.
So, how safe is it? Can we trust it completely? Well, it turns out that the product is 70 to 90 percent effective, depending on how it is used and the kind of condom you have. But it should be understood that accidents do happen due to various reasons.
There could be tiny holes or a tear that could lead to leakage of sperm. Sometimes, when the penis is withdrawn from the vagina as intercourse is completed, the condom sometimes breaks or practically unrolls inside the vagina, releasing its contents.
However, things were worse earlier. Thanks to the stern standards set by the FDA, the quality has improved drastically. The defects in condoms were minimised after the arrival of FDA. It forced the manufacturers to meet the set standards. The condoms which were not fit to use were disapproved.
For instance, one of the tests conducted by the FDA to check the quality of the condom is the standard water test. This test involves a condom filled with water, which is then examined for leaks or bulges which identifies thin spots that could break later.
FDA conducts various tests before giving its stamp of approval. Only after getting the approval, the condoms enter the market.
Since, now you are aware that there could be chances of a failure, it is your responsibility to go through certain steps to avoid the mistakes. Like, checking the expiry date, using it as advised, choosing the right size and removing it safely after the intercourse.