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Male Condom

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Male condom is a latex or polyurethane sheath that covers the erect penis and prevents semen entering the vagina. Male condoms can vary greatly in color, size, amount of lubrication and amount of spermicide. The male condom is rolled over the erect or hardened penis and prevents against direct contact between the penis and vagina.

The male condom protects against infection and pregnancy by covering the penis and preventing direct contact between the penis and vagina, as well as collecting the semen and preventing it from entering the vagina. The latex condoms can protect against STIs including HIV. Condoms are most effective when they are used in combination with another method of contraception, such as the pill or foam.

Tips for using Male Condom

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Always use a new condom every time you have sexual intercourse.


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The male condom cannot be used in conjunction with the female condom.


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Condoms should not be used with oil-based lubricants such as petroleum jelly, Vaseline, or mineral and vegetable oil. Such lubricants damage the condom.


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Use a water based lubricant or KY Jelly to decrease the chance of the condom breaking.


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To decrease the chance of the condom slipping down the penis or falling off inside the vagina, pull the penis out of the vagina right after ejaculation.


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Hold the rim of the condom onto the shaft of the penis during withdrawal.


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Discard the used condom in a waste basket. Do not use it again.


How to use male condom

Advantages of using Male condom

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The condom is the best method for reducing the risk of STIs for those who choose to have intercourse. (As always, abstinence is the only 100% guarantee.)


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Allows men to share responsibility for pregnancy prevention and protection against STDs.


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Can be easily obtained and does not require a prescription.


Disadvantages of using Male condom

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Some people are allergic to latex. Polyurethane condoms can be used as an alternative.


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Some individuals argue that condoms reduce sensitivity and pleasure during intercourse.