What is a condom?
A latex sheath that fits over the penis when it is erect. It is closed at one end with a ‘teat’ at the top to hold the sperm when a man ejaculates. The condom is rolled down over the erect penis before sex takes place to prevent sperm from entering the vagina. The condom should be held in place on the penis as soon as ejaculation has occured, to ensure that it does not slip off and to prevent any sperm from escaping as the penis is withdrawn.
Would the condom method suit me?
The male condom provides protection against most STIs if used properly. It is recommended when you have sex with a new partner, have multiple sexual partners or are unsure of your partner’s sexual history.
Condoms can be used at short notice, however some people find they interfere with spontaneity and sensation. Condoms can fail by tearing or coming off during sex. Oil-based lubricants (such as baby oil) should not be used with condoms as they can weaken the latex and cause it to burst.
Barrier Methods | Male Condom | Female Condom | Diaphragm Plus Spermicide | Cervical Cap Plus Spermicide