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Within the safe and welcoming environment of my office, I invite my patients to ask me questions regarding their gynecologic health. I assure them no question is silly or embarrassing. This blog will serve as a resource for me to share real patient questions with my answers and insight. While my responses are based on my medical knowledge and the latest scientific literature, the information provided is not meant to replace a medical consult with your physician.

 

Dear Dr. Hanna,
My friends and I use an IUD for birth control. They no longer use condoms during vaginal sex but I told them they should to prevent getting sexually transmitted infections. Please set us straight on who is right.

Thank you,
Do I Need a Condom

Dear Do I Need a Condom,

I am so happy you asked this question! An IUD of any type is one of the most effective methods of birth control and I highly recommend their use. They are as effective as having permanent sterilization! While IUDs are an excellent way to prevent pregnancy, unfortunately they do not protect you from getting sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

Sexually transmitted diseases are spread from one person to another during vaginal, anal and oral sex. STDs are common and easily treated but many people are already infected without having any symptoms. The best way to reduce your chances of getting a sexually transmitted disease is by using a condom during sex no matter what other birth control you are using. Condoms prevent the contact of semen and vaginal fluids that carry infections. They also decrease skin-to-skin contact that helps prevent you from getting herpes and genital warts.

Not all condoms are created equal. Only synthetic condoms made of latex or plastic prevent you from STDs. Condoms made of lambskin or other animal materials prevent pregnancy but not from STDs.

Whether in a serious relationship or just a fling, remember, No glove, No love.

Sincerely,
Dr. Hanna

The content is meant for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
Please seek the advice of your physician with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

Barbra S. Hanna, DO, FACOG, NCMP
1604 North Main Street  •  Wheaton, Illinois 60187  •  630-260-1818