How to use a male condom

Condoms are a barrier method of contraception –  they prevent the transfer of bodily fluids.

It is a barrier method uses a physical barrier to prevent the sperm from getting to the egg. The male condom is the most common type of barrier method of contraception. A condom is a thin, flexible piece of material (which looks a bit like a balloon), which is usually made of latex.

It is placed over the erect penis and is worn for the duration of intercourse. There is a small reservoir at the top of the condom where the man’s semen is held after ejaculation. This prevents the semen entering the woman’s cervix to fertilise an egg. Condoms do not only prevent pregnancy – because they prevent the transfer of bodily fluids, they are effective at preventing the spread of STIs. STIs can be passed from person to person not only through vaginal sex, but also anal and oral sex. No matter what sexual act you are taking part in, it is always a good idea to use a condom.

They are over 99% effective at preventing pregnancy and the spread of STIs with careful and consistent use.

Condoms are available to purchase at pharmacies and most supermarkets. AIDS West also provide free condoms to the public from our offices in Galway city.