Why should I use a condom?

Condoms are the best way to protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs), like chlamydia and unwanted pregnancy. Condoms are worn on the penis during sex to prevent semen getting into your partner’s body when the man ejaculates (or comes).

The condom should be put on when the penis is erect (hard) and before it comes into contact with your partner’s body. Condoms are made from latex or polyurethane (thin rubber) so seek alternative contraception advice if you or your partner is allergic to it.

If you use a lubricant when you have sex, make sure it’s water based. Oil based lubricants, such as baby oil, can damage condoms and make them more likely to break. If the condom does split while you’re having sex, stay calm and seek emergency contraception which is now available up to 120 hours after the event.

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