ABOUT MALE CONDOMS:
A condom is a thin cover that is rolled over an erect penis. It is usually made of latex, but can also be found made of lambskin or polyurethane for those who have latex allergies. In addition to the male condom, there exists a condom for females.
- Condoms work by blocking sperms or sexually transmitted diseases from entering the vagina.If used correctly, condoms are very effective at preventing pregnancy and transmission of sexually transmitted diseases i.e. STI’s and HIVCondoms prevent pregnancy between 79 to 97% of the time, depending on how well instructions for use are followed.
When used correctly, latex condoms provide excellent protection from most sexually transmitted infections such as chlamydia, herpes, gonorrhea, HIV/AIDS and hepatitis B.
Condoms are more effective if used with a spermicide.
Please note: Lambskin condoms do not provide protection against sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
You use a condom from “start to finish” of each act of anal, oral or vaginal intercourse.
After intercourse, hold on to the rim of the condom as the penis is pulled out while still erect.
Instructions for using a male condom
- Open the condom package with care by tearing along the side of the package
- Be careful – rough tearing and fingernails can damage the condom
- Put the condom on as soon as the penis is hard
- Pinch the air from the tip of the condom
- Place the condom on the end of your hard penis
- Lubricate the condom if necessary
- Most condoms are available already lubricated
- Unroll the condom all the way down
- After ejaculating, hold on to the condom and pull out
- Throw the condom away, DO NOT USE AGAIN! One condom for one time use ONLY
Highly effective in preventing unwanted pregnancies and sexual transmitted diseases infections (STIs) and HIV when used correctly i.e. dual protections i.e. better when used in combination with another type of birth control such as sponge, diaphragm/cervical cap and especially spermicides.
Does not involve the use of hormones.
Sensation during intercourse may be increased if a small amount of lubricant is put into the tip of the condom, before it is rolled on.
Some people are allergic to latex or spermicides. They can use lambskin or polyurethane condoms which are not as effective.
May break or slip off during intercourse if not used correctly or with not enough lubricant.
A new condom must be used with each act of intercourse.
May decrease sensation during sex.
Latex condoms may cause some allergic reactions to some users
Condoms, HPV and Hepatitis B
Condoms offer protection against most STI’s but do not protect against two of the most common: human papillomavirus (HPV) and Hepatitis B.
HPV can be passed along by sex or close skin-to-skin genital contact. Some forms of HPV cause only harmless skin warts others can lead to genital warts and still others can cause cervical cancer. A medical test called a PAP smear can test for the early signs of this cancer, which can be treated. If you’re a sexually active female, be sure to have your doctor perform this simple test on a regular basis.
The Hepatitis B virus can be passed along through semen or blood and more rarely from saliva or vaginal secretions. The virus has to enter your bloodstream to cause disease. Hepatitis B can be detected through a blood test and often heals spontaneously but may cause serious liver damage in some people. An effective vaccine now exists to protect against Hepatitis B. If you’re sexually active, you might want to talk to a doctor about getting the Hepatitis B vaccine.