Male Condom

WHAT IS IT?

A male condom is a soft disposable sheath. They are available in various shapes, sizes, thicknesses, colors and flavors. Most are latex, but non-latex condoms are also available in polyurethane, silicone, and lambskin.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

A condom fits over an erect penis and acts as a physical barrier preventing direct genital contact and the exchange of genital fluids, so that the sperm does not enter the uterus and fertilize an egg.

HOW EFFECTIVE IS IT?

If a male condom are used perfectly, it is 98% effective in preventing pregnancy. Based on average use, it is 85% effective.

HOW DO I USE IT?

For more information about how to use male condoms properly, please click here <p. ____>

WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF USING A MALE CONDOM?

ADVANTAGES:

  • available without a prescription
  • inexpensive
  • latex condoms protect against STIs
  • allows the male partner to assume some responsibility for birth control
  • both partners can participate in their use
  • may help the wearer avoid premature ejaculation

DISADVANTAGES:

  • must be available at the time of intercourse
  • may slip or break during intercourse
  • must be stored and handled properly
  • persons with latex allergies cannot use latex condoms, but may be able to use non-latex condoms (Please click here <troubleshooting section> if you have a latex allergy or sensitivity)
  • may reduce sensitivity for either partner
  • may interfere with the maintenance of an erection
  • may reduce spontaneity
  • lambskin condoms do not protect against STIs