WRAP IT UP
The male condom is one of the most widely used methods of contraception. It is a thin sheath made of latex or polyurethane that is rolled over the man's erect penis before sex. A reservoir in the tip of the condom catches the sperm, preventing it from reaching the womb and fertilising an egg. It prevents a pregnancy from occurring, but also protects against Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). Just like the female condom, it is hormone-free and doesn’t require additional contraceptives to work. But it is important to use a new condom each time you have sex, when you have sex with a new partner, have multiple sexual partners or are unsure of your partner’s sexual history
Male condoms are available in a variety of shapes, sizes and materials to suit everyone's tastes and sensitivities. Using them is simple – carefully remove the condom from its packaging, pinch the reservoir at the tip, and roll it over the erect penis. After you've had sex, carefully remove the condom – making sure nothing is spilled – and throw it away. Many people prefer to use lubricant with condoms, and it's important to check which lubricant suits the condom's material. For example, oil-based lubricants will cause latex condoms to break more easily, so it pays to be careful.
As this is a non-hormonal method, there should be no effect on your fertility
The male condom protects against sexually transmitted infections.
HOW IT MEASURES UP
Typical use means how well the method works in real life and perfect use means how well a method works under 'perfect' or ideal conditions for example when there is no user error at any time.
EFFICACY WITH PERFECT USE
The male condom is 98% effective with "perfect use" meaning that 2 women out of every 100 using this method for one year will become pregnant.
Male condoms are self-administered and bought over the counter. When used perfectly, they can be effective methods of hormone-free contraception.
EFFICACY WITH TYPICAL USE
The male condom is 82% effective with “typical use” meaning that 18 women out of every 100 using this method for one year will become pregnant.
Male condoms are self-administered and bought over the counter. Their efficacy depends on how they are used. Care must be taken when putting a condom on and taking it off, and with the type of lubricant used. Even though we all make mistakes from time to time, the male condom is fairly effective with typical use.
No. The male condom is hormone-free.
Ease of Use
The male condom needs to be placed over the erect penis prior to intercourse, and a new one must be used each time you have sex.
The male condom has no impact on menstruation.
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