A woman’s biggest worry about condoms is not whether they’re worth the money, or whether they work, or even whether they won’t make her pregnant.
In reality, condoms are a great product and they’re a great way to save a lot of money, but there are a lot more factors that come into play than just whether a condom works.
The big question is how much money is being saved?
A study from the University of Auckland looked at how the cost of a condom compares to other types of health care.
“It’s not that there’s a great deal of money being saved from condoms, but if we were looking at all the things that can be saved in terms of health and wellbeing, we could save a few hundred dollars a year,” said Dr Sue Lenton.
That’s not to say that condoms are completely free.
There are a few health benefits that come along with the use of condoms, such as reduced STIs and the ability to protect against HIV.
But the real savings are in terms in preventing HIV and STIs.
And Dr Lenton said condoms could save more than just money.
“When you have a lot less STIs, you can save a little bit of money on condoms, too,” she said.
So, here are some tips to help you save money when buying condoms.1.
Choose your condoms wiselyIf you’re looking for a good range, look out for condoms with a small capacity.
“If you want a lot, then you might be interested in the brand of condom that comes with that size, or in the one that comes in a small, medium or large size,” said Julie Bock, senior policy manager for research at the Australian Health Practitioners Association.
“Also if you’re going for a smaller capacity, it’s probably worth a bit more.”2.
Know your riskWhen buying condoms, it is best to take a risk and get a condom from a trusted brand.
“The condom company is going to have to take responsibility for the condoms themselves,” Dr Lenton said.
“But it’s important to take your own risk and choose a condom that is safe for you and safe for your partner, or the person you’re having sex with.”
“You want to know whether you’re getting the best condom, or if you have other risks, and whether you have more risk than others.”
“Some people have no risk of contracting HIV,” Dr Bock said.
“It’s important that they’re choosing condoms that they can be confident that they are not going to contract HIV.”3.
Don’t get the cheapest brandAs with any health care, you want to make sure that you’re choosing a condom with the lowest price tag.
“Buy condoms that you can afford,” Dr Sillie said.
“That way you don’t have to worry about having to pay more money to get the same quality condom.”
I don’t think that’s a bad thing to do.”4.
Know the size of your condomOnce you’ve made your choice, you need to be able to tell if it fits you.”
There are different brands of condoms,” Dr Cuthbertson said, “so you need a condom size that is appropriate for you.””
If it’s too small, you might want to try a smaller condom, because it’s smaller.”5.
Be honest with your providerYou might not need to get an upfront price on condoms from your provider.
It’s OK to ask if there are other benefits to using condoms, and if you are more likely to get sexually transmitted infections.”
We don’t know how long it’s going to take for a condom to become contaminated,” Dr Wai said.
You could also ask about the amount of times you’ve had unprotected sex, and how often you have sex.”
For example, I’ve had sex a few times and the condom hasn’t made it past my vagina, but it’s not contaminated,” she explained.”
You might be asking whether you might get a different condom for that occasion, or for a different date.
“This is something you can always ask your provider if you want more information.”
“A lot of people ask for a price before they buy condoms, so be honest with them,” Dr Janson said.
The ABC contacted some condom brands, but they were not willing to talk to us.