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Condom use for non-contraceptive purpose
Question from Anonymous on 02-08-2014:

I recently had a second biopsy of the prostate. Thank God it was negative for cancer. However, based upon experience from the first biopsy, my wife and I would like to use condoms for a few times after the biopsy because of blood in ejaculate caused by the biopsy procedure. My wife had a hysterectomy many years ago due to uterine fibroids and so there is no contraceptive intent or possibility. Is use of condoms for hygienic purpose OK in this case?

Answer by Judie Brown on 02-10-2014:

Dear Anonymous

I asked Anthony Dardano, MD to respond, and here is his answer to you

In the circumstance described here the use of a condom would be morally neutral with no sin attached. There is no intent to contracept and physiologically because of the hysterectomy there is no possibility of a conception anyway. Therefore, once your urologist has cleared you, a condom may be worn in this case to prevent infection.

Anthony N Dardano, MD, FACS, FACOG

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