Find Out If You Have Been Using Male & Female Condoms Correctly

June 30, 2021 | Written By: Haris Asyraf

Male & Female Condoms

Condoms, when used correctly, are the only contraception that protects against pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Condoms are a barrier method of contraception, and are available as male condoms and female condoms.

What Are Male Condoms?

Male condoms are worn on the penis to prevent a man's semen from reaching his sexual partner and are 98% effective in preventing pregnancy. 

Male condoms are commonly made from very thin latex (rubber) or polyurethane (thin, soft plastic), but there are also male condoms that are made from lambskin or other natural skin. However, the natural or lambskin condoms only help in preventing pregnancy but have no protection against STDs.

What Are Female Condoms?

Female condoms are made from polyurethane and worn inside the vagina to prevent semen from reaching the womb. They are 95% effective in preventing pregnancy.

A female condom should be considered during sexual intercourse when a male condom cannot be used properly to prevent infection. A female condom can be inserted up to 8 hours before sexual intercourse.

Ask your healthcare provider if you want to know more about female condoms.

Tips When Using Condoms

• Condoms can only be used once. So, never reuse your condoms.

• Latex condoms should not be used with oil-based lubricants (eg, massage oils, baby oil, lotions and petroleum jelly). This is because oil-based lubricants will weaken the condom, causing it to tear or break.

• If your condom slips off during sexual intercourse, emergency contraception and a check for STDs (if one is at risk) may be necessary.

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