A male condom is:
- 98% effective when you use the method correctly every time
- 82% effective when you don’t always use the method correctly
What is it?
A male condom is a barrier method that a man puts over his penis to help prevent a woman becoming pregnant. It also prevents him from catching or spreading sexually transmitted infections, including HIV.
Most male condoms are made of latex.
How does it work?
A thin sheath is rolled onto an erect penis before sex and prevents sperm from entering the woman’s vagina during sex.
- Condoms are widely available for sale without a prescription.
- Allows both men and women to take responsibility for contraception.
- Condoms can be used with other methods of contraception to practise safer sex and prevent unplanned pregnancy and STIs.
- They can help to protect both partners from sexually transmitted infections, including HIV.
- They have no medical side effects.
- Putting a condom on correctly needs practice.
- Taking one out will need practice. You must hold the base of the penis when withdrawing after sex to stop the condom from slipping.
- Condoms can get damaged if handled roughly or used with an oil-based lubricant like Vaseline.
- Must be used before expiry date on the packet.