Birth Control Guide - Male Condom


What is the male condom?

The male condom is a thin cover made of latex rubber or other thin plastic. The man puts it on his penis before intercourse. It prevents pregnancy by stopping the man’s sperm from reaching the woman’s egg.
Birth Control Guide - Male Condom

How well does the male condom work in birth control?

If used correctly, and each time you have sex, condoms work quite well. Condoms work even better when they contain a spermicide (a chemical that kills sperm) or if the woman also uses foam. For more information talk to your health care provider. Condoms are the only form of birth control that can protect you from sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

How is the male condom used?

The male condom is unrolled onto the erect penis before it enters the vagina. When using a condom, you need to be very careful that it does not slip off while you are having sex. After the man ejaculates, remove the condom while the penis is still erect. One of you will need to hold it at the base to prevent leaking. Do not use a condom more than once. If you use a lubricant with a condom, be sure that it is water-based. Do not use Vaseline™ with a condom.

Does male condoms have any side effects?

Male condoms have no side effects. A few men and women have problems with the latex. They can choose to buy non-latex condoms. Condoms are an excellent form of birth control for the time right after your baby is born.

Will male condoms affect our sex life?

Some couples do not like using a condom because they have to put it on when they are in the middle of making love. Some men feel that it dulls the feelings they have in their penis. A drop of lubricant inside the condom can help the man feel more pleasure when he is using a condom.

How can I get male condoms?


You can buy male condoms at any drug store. Check the “best before” date on the package, and do not buy them if they are expired. Also, do not buy a large box if you may not use them before they expire.
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