Male Condom

A condom is a thin cover that is rolled over the erect penis. It is usually made of latex, but can also be found made of lambskin or polyurethane for those who have latex allergies. In addition to the male condom, there now exists a condom for females .

How does it work?

  • The condom works by blocking the sperm from entering the vagina.
  • It catches the sperm in the condom, until you carefully remove it and throw it away.

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How effective is it?

  • If used correctly, the condom is very effective at preventing pregnancy.
  • It will prevent pregnancy between 79 and 97% of the time, depending on how well instructions for use are followed.
  • When used correctly, latex condoms provide excellent protection from most sexually transmitted infections , such as chlamydia, herpes, gonorrhea, HIV/AIDS , and hepatitis B .
  • It is more effective if used with a spermicide.
  • Please note: Lambskin condoms do not provide protection against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) .

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How do I use it?

  • You use a condom from "start to finish" of each act of anal, oral or vaginal intercourse.
  • After intercourse, hold on to the rim of the condom as the penis is pulled out while still erect.

Instructions for using a male condom (illustration)

Step # 1

Illustration of Step 1 for using a male condom.
  • Open the condom package with care by tearing along the side of the package.
  • Be careful - rough tearing and fingernails can damage the condom.
  • Put the condom on as soon as the penis is hard.

Step # 2

Illustration of Step 2 for using a male condom.
  • Pinch the air from the tip of the condom.
  • Place condom on the end of your hard penis.


Step # 3

Illustration of Step 3 for using a male condom.
  • Lubricate the condom.


Step # 4

Illustration of Step 4 for using a male condom.
  • Unroll the condom all the way down.
  • After ejaculating, hold on to the condom and pull out.
  • Throw condom away, DO NOT USE AGAIN!


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Where can I get it?

  • Condoms are available at drug stores, grocery stores, corner stores, and  sexual health clinics without a prescription.
  • Many sexual health clinics will give out free condoms.

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Who can use this?

  • Males wear this type of condom.
  • Any couple can use it, as long as neither partner is allergic to latex, or any of the spermicides that may already be on the condom.

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What are the advantages and disadvantages to using a condom?

Advantages:

  • Highly effective when used correctly... better when used in combination with another type of birth control, such as sponge , diaphragm/ cervical cap , and especially spermicides .
  • Does not involve the use of hormones.
  • Sensation during intercourse may be increased if a small amount of lubricant is put into the tip of the condom, before it is rolled on.

Disadvantages:

  • Some people are allergic to latex or spermicides. They can use lambskin or polyurethane condoms, which are not as effective.
  • May break or slip off during intercourse if not used correctly, or with not enough lubricant.
  • A new condom must be used with each act of intercourse.
  • May decrease sensation during sex.
  • Interferes with spontaneity of lovemaking.

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