THE MALE CONDOM
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The male condom is one of the most widely used methods of contraception. It is a thin sheath made of latex or polyurethane that is rolled over the man's erect penis before sex. A reservoir in the tip of the condom catches the sperm, preventing it from reaching the womb and fertilising an egg. It prevents a pregnancy from occurring, but also protects against sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Just like the female condom, it is hormone-free and doesn’t require additional contraceptives to work. But it is important to use a new condom each time you have sex.
Male condoms are available in a variety of shapes, sizes and materials to suit everyone's tastes and sensitivities. Using them is simple – carefully remove the condom from its packaging, pinch the reservoir at the tip, and roll it over the erect penis. After you've had sex, carefully remove the condom – making sure nothing is spilled and there‘s no condom break or tear – and throw it away. Many people prefer to use lubricant with condoms, and it's important to check which lubricant suits the condom's material. For example, oil-based lubricants will cause latex condoms to break more easily, so it pays to be careful.
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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Italian anatomist Gabriello Fallopio’s description of the condom appeared for the first time in history.
You should only ever use a single condom during intercourse, as more than one can cause friction and lead to breakage.
The difference in how much safer sex is when using a condom for HIV prevention.
- It’s self-administered and used on demand.
- It can be used when breastfeeding.
- It’s hormone-free and can be an option for women who experience unwanted effects from hormones.
- Many people find male condoms easy to use.
- It provides protection against HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
- It must be placed over the erect penis, and may interrupt the spontaneity of sex.
- It can break, tear or come off if not used properly.
- Some people experience allergic reactions to latex condoms.
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