What is the male condom?

The male condom is a thin layer of latex, lambskin, or polyurethane that covers an erect penis. Condoms are used to help prevent pregnancy and protect from STDs during vaginal, anal or oral sex.

Condoms come in a variety of colors, sizes, and textures. Some condoms are lubricated, which makes them more comfortable to use during sex. Only water based lubricants can be used with latex condoms.

Who uses the male condom?

People who want protection from STDs as well as pregnancy prevention.

How do I use the male condom?

Talk to your partner about using a condom ahead of time. Before using a condom, make sure you know which way it unrolls. Pull back the foreskin and unroll the condom all the way to the base of the penis.

Change the condom if the penis is exposed to a different site (i.e., moves from anus to vagina). Remove the condom immediately after you ejaculate (cum). Withdraw the penis while holding the rim of the condom at the base of the penis to prevent any cum from spilling out. Use a new condom each time you have sex. Do not use at the same time as the female condom and do not use 2 condoms at once. This can cause them to break.

Where do I get the male condom?

You can get the male condom at many supermarkets, pharmacies, or at your local family planning clinic.You don’t need a prescription or an ID to get condoms and people of all ages can buy condoms.

How effective is the male condom?

When condoms are used correctly every time, they can be as high as 97% effective. When they are not used each time or used incorrectly, their effectiveness can be as low as 86%.

Does the male condom protect against STDs?

Yes.¬†Condoms are the only BC method that also protects against STDs. It’s also a good idea to use them with other birth control methods for extra protection.

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