Male condoms are made from very thin latex (rubber) but non-latex condoms are also available for those who are allergic to rubber. The condom acts as a barrier and stops sperm from the penis entering the vagina, mouth or anus.
Why use condoms
Sexually transmitted Infections are spread through passing of sexual fluids during vaginal, oral or anal sex and as the condom is used as a barrier, it stops the transfer of fluids between partners and therefore is the only form of contraception to protect against STIs.
Condoms used correctly are 98% effective in protecting you from contracting most STIs, and from possible unwanted pregnancy. To ensure you are using the condom correctly, please follow the instructions on the packets.
10 great things about condoms
There are various forms of contraception available and it is up to you to decide what method best suits you. All contraception is FREE of charge on the NHS and is available from many places in Kirklees.
How to use a condom
- Check that the condom foil is intact, that it is within the expiry date and that it has the BSI kitemark or CE mark.
- Tear along one side of the foil making sure that you do not damage the condom with sharp fingernails or jewellery as you squeeze the condom out.
- Put the condom on when the penis is erect, but before contact with your partner as fluid is often released in the early stages of an erection. This can cause pregnancy and pass on an infection.
- Hold the condom teat between the thumb and finger making sure the condom is the right way for unrolling. This expels air from the teat reducing the chance of it bursting.
- Using your other hand unroll the condom down the entire length of the penis, whilst still holding the teat. Make sure the condom stays in place during sex. If the condom should come off then open a new condom and put it on before continuing sex. If this happens, the female should attend for emergency contraception as a precaution against unintended pregnancy and both partners should get checked out for possible STIs.
- After ejaculation make sure you hold the base of the condom in place as you withdraw, only when the penis is completely withdrawn can you remove the condom. Make sure you keep the penis and used condom away from the vagina and anus.
- After use make sure you dispose of the condom hygienically, wrap it in a tissue and place it in a waste bin.
- Do not flush it down the toilet. Condoms can sometimes block a toilet, or come floating back up! Needless to say neither of these are going to look good!
- ONLY use condoms that have the BSI kitemark or CE mark on the packet and ALWAYS check the expiry date on the condom packet before use!
- Do not use oil based lubricants such as baby oil, petroleum jelly, body lotions, massage oils, butter etc, as they can damage latex condoms. If additional lubrication is required, use a water based lubricant or KY Jelly.
- Some medications applied to either the penis, vagina or anus may damage the condom, check with a doctor or pharmacist.
- NEVER use a condom more than once!