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User error aside, male and female condoms offer similar protection from semen according to a trial conducted among women attending an Alabama reproductive health clinic.

User error aside, male and female condoms offer similar protection from semen according to a trial conducted among women attending an Alabama reproductive health clinic. The 108 women enrolled in the study were randomly assigned to receive either 10 male condoms or 10 female condoms. All received instructions on correctly using the condoms and collecting a vaginal sample before and after condom use. Women returned the 10 initial condoms and repeated the process with the other type of condom. Researchers used a prostate-specific antigen to detect semen in the women's vaginal samples before and after condom use. While 9 percent of returned male condoms were accompanied by reports of breakage or slippage, which is a sign of user error; 34 percent of female condoms were accompanied by similar reports. Yet, semen was detected in the vaginal samples in similar proportions for male and female condoms. These results show that, with practice, female condoms can provide as reliable protection as male condoms.

American Journal of Epidemiology, July 2007
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Title Annotation:WOMEN'S HEALTH SNAPSHOTS
Publication:Women's Health Activist
Date:Sep 1, 2008
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