A condom is a thin barrier used during sexual intercourse to prevent pregnancy or reduce the risk of passing a sexually transmitted infection (STI) to a partner.
Use a condom EVERY time you have intercourse for both pregnancy prevention and STI protection. Both latex and synthetic condoms provide protection from pregnancy and STIs.
Have an adequate supply of condoms and water based lubricant on hand when using latex condoms in case any are damaged or torn before use, put on incorrectly, or in case of repeated intercourse. Do not use a condom more than once and only use one condom at a time.
Do not use Vaseline or any oil based lubricants with latex condoms, as these products may weaken the condoms and lead to breakage. You may want to use contraceptive spermicide if additional lubrication is needed.
Condoms are 87%-97% effective. There are many variables that can make the condom less effective such as breaking, and slipping off. It is best to use this method with other forms of contraception.
- No menstrual changes
- Protection against STIs and HIV
- Readily available over the counter
- Wide variety of options
- Easily transportable
- Can use with other contraceptive options
- Allergic reactions if you are allergic to latex.
- Some people can be sensitive to certain brands of lubricant. If the lubricant bugs you or your partner, try a different brand.
- Some individuals complain about a decrease in sensitivity when using condoms.
- Hard to remember to use if you’re intoxicated, but that might be when you need one most, so keep them on hand anyway.
Store condoms in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight. Condoms should NOT be kept in a car or a wallet as heat can cause deterioration. Condoms in damaged packages or that show obvious signs of deterioration (examples include: brittleness, stickiness, or discoloration) should never be used.
How To Put On A Condom:
- Check the expiration dates and make sure there is no damage to the packaging.
- A condom should be put on an erect penis BEFORE the penis is put in or near the partner’s vagina, mouth or anus.
- Carefully open the condom wrapper and take out the condom.
- If uncircumcised, pull back the foreskin. Place the condom on the head of the erect penis making sure the rolled ring is on the outside, roll the condom all the way down the penis.
- Pinch the tip of the condom and smooth down to let any air out.
- You are ready to go.
- Hold onto the base of the condom as you withdraw the penis, taking care not to spill any semen.
- The penis should be withdrawn soon after ejaculation. Loss of an erection can cause the condom to slip off.
- Check the condom for visible damage, such as holes, before you throw it away.
- Carefully remove the condom and throw it in the trash. Do not flush condoms, as they may clog the toilet!
Condoms should never be reused! You must use a new condom every time!
If The Condom Breaks:
If you do not use a condom or if the condom breaks, tears, leaks, or falls off:
- Contact MyAlly Health to speak with a provider as soon as you can.
- DO NOT DOUCHE.
- Emergency Contraception, also known as “Plan B”, may be used to prevent pregnancy. Emergency Contraception is available at MyAlly Health or your local pharmacy. Emergency Contraception should be taken within 120 hours (5 days) after having intercourse, but works best if taken as soon as possible.
- Wash genitals with soap and water immediately after intercourse to reduce the risk of acquiring a STI.
- Then insert an applicator full of spermicide into the vagina as soon as possible.
Condoms are known to be extremely affordable and easily accessible. Prices can vary depending on brand, color, shape, size, texture and appearance. They generally average between $0.20 – $5.00. (Prices may change depending on vendor and easy of access.)
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Condoms have a reputation for being extremely affordable. There are many different varieties to choose from, so the prices can range depending on brand, and style.