What is it?
Male condoms are worn on the penis of a male during sex. They are made of thin latex or plastic that has been molded into the shape of a penis. They prevent pregnancy and reduce the risk of sexually transmitted diseases STIs and HIV. Condoms come in different styles and colors, and are available dry, lubricated and with spermicide.
How does it work?
Condoms prevent pregnancy by keeping the sperm from getting into the women’s body during sex. It collects the pre-cum and semen when a man ejaculates (cums).
By covering the penis and keeping semen out of the vagina anus, or mouth, condoms also reduce the risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). There are expiration dates on condoms which will affect the effectiveness of the condom. Check out the “What else do I need to know?” section for description on how to use a condom correctly
How well does it work?
- Condoms can work very well when used in the right way. Only 18 out of 100 people who use condoms the right way will get pregnant each year.
What are the benefits?
- They are inexpensive and easy to get
- No prescription is required so you don’t have to go to a health care provider to get them. Any drugstore, supermarket sells them
- It may help a man stay erect longer
- There are many different kinds of condoms so you can find which one is right for you
- There are flavored condoms to use for oral sex
- It can be carried in your pocket or purse
- Latex condoms also reduce your chances of getting other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) including:
- Hepatitis B
- It can be used with all other birth control methods except the female condom to protect against pregnancy sexually transmitted diseases (STIs)
What is the downside?
- Couples may notice less feeling during sex
- If not used correctly can break or slip off during sex which increases chance of pregnancy and STI’s
- Either partner may have a latex allergy ad therefore world need to use a polyurethane (plastic) condom which are more expensive
How can I get it?
The male condom is available at clinics, drugstores, online, and in some supermarkets.