Condom Use


How do I use a condom correctly? A condom can help prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) when used correctly during sex. Lambskin (also called sheepskin or natural membrane) condoms do not protect against STIs.

How do I put on a condom?

How do I remove a used condom?

What are the risks of condom use? You may have decreased sensation or loss of erection. You may have an allergy or irritation to a latex condom. If it is not used correctly, a condom may break, leak, or slip and increase the risk of pregnancy or an STI.

What if my condom breaks, leaks, or slips? Your female partner can use emergency contraception to decrease the risk of a possible pregnancy. It should be taken as soon as possible after a condom accident. Ask your caregiver for more information about emergency contraception. Ask your caregiver to test you for STIs if you are concerned about an infection.

When should I contact my caregiver? Contact your caregiver if:


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