There are two types of condoms: male condoms which are worn on the penis, and female condoms which are worn inside the vagina.
Male condoms are made from very thin latex (rubber), polyisoprene or polyurethane, and are designed to stop a man's semen from entering his partner's body.
When condoms are used correctly during vaginal sex, they help to protect against pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). When used correctly during anal and oral sex, they help to protect against STIs. Condoms are the only contraception that protect against both pregnancy and STIs.
Male condom advantages
- You only need to use them during sex.
- They help to protect both partners from some sexually transmitted infections, including HIV.
- There are no serious side-effects from using condoms.
- Male condoms come in a variety of shapes and sizes.
- Male condoms are easily available.
Things to consider
- Male condoms can sometimes slip off or split.
- Some people are sensitive to latex condoms, though this is rare.
- When using a male condom, the man has to pull out after he has ejaculated, and before the penis goes soft, holding the condom firmly in place.
How to use a male condom
- Use a new condom each time you have sex. Check the ‘use by’ date on the packet. Be careful how you take the condom out of the packet – sharp fingernails and jewelry can tear the condom.
- Find the teat or closed end and squeeze it to get rid of air. This will also help you roll the condom on the right way round.
- Put the condom on when the penis is fully erect and before it touches the vagina or genital area.
- Still holding the end, roll the condom all the way down the penis.
- If it won’t roll down then it’s probably on inside out. If so, start again with a new condom as sperm could now be on the first one.
- If you have foreskin, you may find it easier and more comfortable to put the condom on if the foreskin is pulled back. This lets the foreskin move freely and reduces the risk of the condom tearing or slipping off.
- As soon as the man has ejaculated, and before the penis goes soft, hold the condom firmly in place while pulling out. Do this slowly and carefully so you do not spill any semen (the ejaculation fluid that contains sperm).
- Take off the condom, wrap it and put it in a bin. Do not put it down the toilet.
- Make sure the penis does not touch the genital area again, and if you have sex again, use a new condom.
What to do if a condom breaks or slips off
If your condom breaks or slips off, you may need to use emergency contraception. Emergency contraception is only available for women or girls and comes in two forms, the intra-uterine device or IUD, or the ‘morning after pill'.
Please note that as well as pregnancy, unprotected sex can put you at risk of STIs such as chlamydia. You should visit Marie Stopes center clinic for testing.
Marie Stopes Nepal endorses its own brand of male condom. It is JODI CONDOM.
To know more about this we suggest you to talk to our Meri Saathi Free Helpline's trained and skilled counselors on 16600119756 (ntc) or 9801119756 (ncell). You can call them every Sunday 9:30 am-5:30 pm and from Monday to Friday 9:30 am -7:00 pm.