No Glove, No Love: Planned Parenthood Promotes Condom Use During National Condom Month
MICHIGAN – In recognition of National Condom Month in February, Planned Parenthood of West and Northern Michigan (PPWNM) is urging sexually active individuals to talk to their partners about the importance of using condoms, and PPWNM health centers are providing tools to get the conversation started.
Condoms have been shown to be up to 98 percent effective at preventing unintended pregnancy when used correctly and consistently. In addition, condoms can reduce the risk of contracting sexually transmitted infections (STIs) that are carried in bodily fluids. Nearly 19 million STIs occur each year, and condoms are the only form of contraception that also helps reduce the risk of STIs. It is estimated that one in two (50 percent!) of sexually active people age 25 and under has an STI, and MOST DON’T KNOW IT!
PPWNM always supplies three (3) free condoms per day at any of its health centers, to anyone who walks in and asks. In February, PPWNM health centers are distributing free “Safer Sex Kits” which include three condoms, facts about condoms, instructions on how to properly use them, and “What to Say for Safer Sex” tools for talking with your partner about using condoms.
“It’s important for couples who have experienced difficulty using condoms to know that they do have options,” said PPWNM Vice President of Medical Services Bridget White. “Not all condoms are alike. They come in various shapes, sizes, and styles; and we encourage couples to experiment until they find the condom that works for them.”
Nearly 45 percent of men in a recent Kinsey study described the standard-size condom as “ill fitting.” Ill fitting condoms are more likely to break, slip, cause discomfort, and to be removed early – if they are used at all. Finding, and communicating about, proper fitting condoms highlights yet another reason for open discussion between partners when it comes to safe sex.
PPWNM health centers are located in the following Michigan cities: Big Rapids, Ionia, Grand Rapids, Marquette, Muskegon, Petoskey, Traverse City, and Wyoming.
Who: Planned Parenthood of West and Northern MI (PPWNM)
What: Distributing “Safer Sex Kits”
When: During the month of February while supplies last
Where: All PPWNM Health Centers
Why: In recognition of National Condom Month
Planned Parenthood of West and Northern Michigan provides reproductive health care and sexuality education services with locations in eight Michigan cities. Learn more at www.ppwnm.org.