Male Condoms (External)
External condoms are made of very thin latex (rubber) and cover the penis when erect, to stop sperm entering the vagina.
They act as a barrier preventing sexual fluids being transferred between partners preventing pregnancy and STI’s.
98% effective if used correctly
- Only method that protects against both pregnancy and STI’s.
- Only need to use them when you have sex
- No serious side effects
- Variety of shapes, sizes, textures, colours and flavours – making sex more fun
- Easily available, and free from sexual health clinics
- May slip off or split if used incorrectly
- Penis needs to be withdrawn straight after ejaculation, before it goes soft, being careful not to spill any semen
- Some people find talking about condoms awkward and embarrassing
- Use a new condom every time and follow instructions carefully
- Must be on the penis before the penis touches a partner’s genital area
- Oil-based products can damage latex, making them less effective
- Use extra water-based lubricant when using condoms for anal sex
- If a condom splits you needs access to emergency contraception/STI testing
- Not affected by other medicines