Condoms are the only method of contraception that can protect against some STI’s (sexually transmitted infections)
A male condom is made of very thin latex (latex free condoms are available) which is put over a man’s erect penis.
A female condom is made of very thin polyurethane (plastic). It is inserted into the vagina and loosely lines it.
Male condoms can be very effective at preventing pregnancy, in reality they are probably only about 82% successful (this means that each year 18 out of 100 women will get pregnant if they only use male condoms to prevent pregnancy) Female condoms are about 79% effective, (this means that each year 21 out of 100 women will get pregnant if they only use female condoms to prevent pregnancy).
You only need to use them when you have sex
They protect both partners from some STI’s (sexually transmitted infections)
There are no hormonal side-effects
Male condoms are widely available and come in different shapes, sizes and flavours
They are less effective compared to other methods at prevent a pregnancy.
A male condom can sometimes split or slip off. This is why it’s important to make sure you use the right sized condom!
Some people find condoms can interrupt sex
Condoms are available to buy in most pharmacies and supermarkets. They are also available free from sexual health clinics, GP Practices and some community Pharmacies you can also get a supply by using Waverley Care’s ‘Free Condom Scheme’ – link for free condoms