Male Condoms

What is it?

Condoms are made of very thin latex or polyurethane, it is a sheath worn over the erect penis.

How does the male condom work?

It acts as a barrier and stops sperm from entering the vagina.

How to use a male condom

The condom is worn over the erect penis, it should be put on as soon as the penis is erect and removed after ejaculation and before the penis goes soft.

How effective is the male condom?

It is 98% effective if used according to instructions.

What are the advantages of the male condom?

Condoms are available free from many outlets as well as being sold widely. They are available in a variety of shapes and sizes and need to be used when you have vaginal, oral and anal sex. There are no serious side-effects and they provide protection from some sexually transmitted infections.

What are the disadvantages of the male condom?

Putting it on can interrupt sex. It may slip off or split if not used correctly, Check out ‘How to use a Condom’. The man needs to withdraw as soon as he has ejaculated and before the penis goes soft.

Does the male condom protect against Sexually Transmitted Infections?

Yes, condoms provide protection from some sexually transmitted infections.