Some women don’t like condom, they prefer long effective way. At the time, the use of long-acting reversible contraception methods, or LARCs, has increased among women, Herbenick says. These birth control measures come in the form of arm implants and inter-uterine devices—and both are better than condoms at preventing pregnancy. According to the CDC, condoms are effective 82 percent of the time, while pills and LARCs are close to 99 percent effective when used correctly. That’s really their advantage.

If you know your partner is protected, maybe you do not see a need to follow suit, says Herbenick. But when it comes to sexually transmitted infections (STIs), condoms are the only way to protect yourself and partner. If we had a way to test for it—which we do not—40 to 60 percent of college-aged guys would test positive for HPV, Herbenick says. Rates of chlamydia are also high, she says, but both STIs have no symptoms. “So guys don’t even realize they have them.” HPV can trigger penile, head, and neck cancers later in life, Herbenick says. Meanwhile, chlamydia infections can mess with your internal plumbing in ways that could make it tough for you to have kids. But we still suggest choose condom as the better choice when you want to protect.