10 Questions and Answers about Condoms

By | February 19, 2023
  1. What is a condom and how does it work? A condom is a thin sheath made of latex, polyurethane or natural materials that is worn over the penis during sexual activity to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). It works by creating a barrier between the penis and vagina, anus or mouth, preventing semen, vaginal fluids or blood from passing between partners.
  2. How effective are condoms at preventing pregnancy and STIs? When used correctly and consistently, condoms are highly effective at preventing both pregnancy and the transmission of STIs. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), condoms have a 98% efficacy rate at preventing pregnancy and are the only method of birth control that also provides protection against STIs.
  3. Can condoms break or fail during use? Condoms can break or fail if they are not used correctly, if they are past their expiration date or if they are exposed to heat or direct sunlight. However, the risk of failure is low when condoms are used correctly and consistently.
  4. What types of condoms are available? Condoms are available in a variety of materials, sizes, shapes and textures to suit different needs and preferences. Some types of condoms include latex, polyurethane, lambskin, ribbed, dotted, flavored, colored and extra-large.
  5. How do you choose the right size condom? Choosing the right size condom is important for ensuring maximum effectiveness and comfort. Condoms come in different sizes, from small to extra-large, and the best way to determine the right size is to measure the erect penis and match it to the corresponding condom size.
  6. Can you use two condoms for extra protection? Using two condoms at the same time is not recommended, as it can cause friction between the condoms and increase the risk of tearing or breaking. Using one condom correctly and consistently is enough to provide effective protection.
  7. Can condoms be used with lubricants? Yes, condoms can be used with water-based or silicone-based lubricants to make sex more comfortable and reduce the risk of breakage. However, oil-based lubricants such as lotion or cooking oil can damage latex condoms and should be avoided.
  8. How should condoms be stored and disposed of? Condoms should be stored in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and heat. They should not be stored in a wallet or glove compartment, as the friction and heat can damage the condom. After use, condoms should be carefully removed and disposed of in the trash, not flushed down the toilet.
  9. Can condoms be used during oral sex? Condoms can be used during oral sex to reduce the risk of STIs such as gonorrhea, chlamydia and herpes. Flavored condoms are available for this purpose and can make the experience more enjoyable.
  10. Where can you get condoms? Condoms are widely available at drugstores, supermarkets, health clinics and online retailers. They are often provided for free at health clinics and public health events.

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