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How to Use a Condom

Facts about How to Put on a Condom

  • Among the many barrier methods of birth control, the condom for men is used most often.
  • Both male and female condoms are reviewed here.
  • Condoms are inexpensive and available in many convenient locations, without a doctor's prescription.
  • In addition to preventing pregnancy, if used properly, a condom may also protect users from infecting a sex partner with a sexually transmitted disease.
  • Although no form of birth control is 100% effective, the condom can be quite effective if it is put on correctly.

The Male Condom Advantanges

A condom is a thin sheath placed over an erect penis. A condom worn by a man prevents pregnancy by acting as a barrier to the passage of semen into the vagina. A condom can be worn only once.

Condoms are one of the most popular and affordable forms of birth control. You can buy condoms at most drugstores and grocery stores, and dispensers can often be found in public restrooms. Condoms are also called rubbers. Some organizations distribute free condoms.

Condoms made from latex are the best at preventing pregnancy. They also protect against sexually transmitted diseases such as AIDS and herpes.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/24/2015
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Condoms and Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)

Medical Authors: Barbara K. Hecht, Ph.D.and Frederick Hecht, M.D.
Medical Editor: Melissa Conrad St?ppler, MD

Latex condoms, when used consistently and correctly, are

  • highly effective in preventing

    transmission of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
  • In addition, correct and consistent use of latex condoms can reduce the risk of other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including discharge and genital ulcer diseases.
While the effect of condoms in preventing human papillomavirus (HPV) infection is unknown, condom use has been associated with a lower rate of cervical cancer, an HPV-associated disease.

There are two primary ways that STDs can be transmitted...


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