Male condom

Providing both pregnancy and STI prevention

A short-acting method of contraception

The male condom is a barrier contraception method for preventing pregnancy and STIs.

When used correctly, condoms are highly effective. Condoms are also the only contraceptive method that protect against both pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV and syphilis.

Frequently asked questions about condoms

What are the advantages of the male condom?

The male condom can offer several advantages as a method of contraception.

  • You only need to use them during sex
  • They help to protect both partners from some sexually transmitted infections, including HIV
  • There are no serious side-effects from using condoms
  • Male condoms come in a variety of shapes and sizes
  • Male condoms are easily available.

Is the male condom the best choice for me?

When deciding if the male condom is right for you, here are a few quick facts you should consider:

  • Male condoms can sometimes slip off or split
  • Some people are sensitive to latex condoms, though this is rare
  • When using a male condom, the man has to pull out after he has ejaculated, and before the penis goes soft, holding the condom firmly in place.

How does the condom works?

The male condom is a thin rubber sheath that goes over the penis during sex.

The condom is a barrier that stops a man's semen from entering into the woman, preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.

To be effective it is very important that condoms are used correctly. They need to be used properly every time a couple has sex. This means wearing it throughout the entire sex act, and using a new one every time.

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