is a barrier device used during sexual intercourse to reduce the chances of
pregnancy and spread of sexually transmitted diseases.
A condom is a thin sheath made from latex,
plastic or lambskin that covers the penis during intercourse. A man’s semen is
collected in it so that it does not enter the vagina. A female condom is also
available and is made of polyurethane.
condoms are lubricated while some others are devoid of any lubrication.
Water-based lubricants, oil-based lubricants and silicone based-lubricants are
most commonly used. The main aim of lubrication is to enable easy insertion of
the condom, minimizing the chance of rupture and maximizing comfort. Some
condoms are coated with nonoxnol 9 for spermicidal effect.
must be used consistently and correctly to get maximum protection. Consistent
use means using a condom from start to finish of each act of intercourse.
Condoms are recommended every time for vaginal, anal or oral sex. Each condom
is for single use only.
are the most effective way of contraception and to reduce the risk of
contracting a sexually transmitted disease (STD).
However, if used incorrectly it can lead to failure of
contraception due to breakage or leakage.