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Male Condoms

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Male Condom 99% effective with careful and consistent use

Description

A male condom is a barrier method that a man can use to help prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. Condoms are the most common form of contraception used by 18–24 year olds. (ISSHR, 2006)

How it Works

A thin sheath is rolled onto an erect penis before sex and prevents sperm from entering the woman’s vagina during sex.

Advantages

  • Condoms are widely available for sale without a prescription
  • Allows men and women to take responsibility for contraception
  • Condoms can be used with other methods of contraception to practice safer sex and prevent unplanned pregnancy and STIs. This is referred to as ‘Double Dutch’
  • When used correctly the male condom helps to protect both partners from sexually transmitted infections including HIV
  • No medical side effects

Drawbacks

  • Putting it on correctly requires practice
  • Condoms can get damaged if handled roughly or an oil-based lubricant is used
  • Must be used before expiry date