Oct 03 , 2021
Condoms are one of the most common forms of contraception.
What are they?
Condoms are a barrier method of contraception
There are many types of condom available including latex free
They can be bought in chemists and supermarkets, or your school may run a sexual health clinic where you can get them for free
How do they work?
Condoms are worn by the male on their penis
Condoms stop sperm from reaching an egg by creating a barrier between them. They help protect against sexually transmitted infections and HIV
Condoms should always be used during oral, anal sex and when sharing sex toys
They need to be used correctly and the use of lube with a condom is recommended to avoid the condom splitting
Condoms do not affect fertility levels.
Condoms are not affected by medication.
How effective are they?
When used correctly, condoms are effective at stopping both unwanted pregnancy and STI’s
When using condoms, it’s a good idea to use a long acting contraception as well
What if something goes wrong?
Sometimes condoms can split or come off during sex if they have been used incorrectly. It’s important to seek medical advice if this happens to discuss your options. If you’re not using other contraceptives, you may be at risk of pregnancy and you should get yourself tested for STI.
If you have recently had unprotected sex, you may need emergency contraception. Seek advice straight away from your pharmacy, GP or local sexual health clinic.
Have a look at 7 Things to check before using a condom
Did you know?…..
You need to be aware of what’s on your hands before using a condom as oils can cause a condom to split, so certain food items, make-ups, including lipstick, and body lotions/oils will affect the condom.
FUN FACT: A monster munch rubbed on a condom can cause the condom to start to break
Condoms have been around from as early as 3000BC.
FUN FACT: The first known documentation of the ‘condom’ was that of King Minos of Crete. The bladder of a goat was used to protect his partners from his semen.
Condoms are made of latex and stretch to fit most penis sizes, although large and smaller sizes are available.
FUN FACT: A condom can hold over 4 litres of water, but don’t worry though as the average male ejaculates around a teaspoon of semen.
You should only wear one condom at a time
FUN FACT: Two condoms will cause friction, resulting in the the condoms splitting and sperm leaking out.
Don’t believe everything you read as condoms do not cut off your circulation.
FUN FACT: A condom can stretch to 18 inches around, so there is no need to worry about your penis suffering from a lack of circulation
As far as HIV is concerned using a condom makes sex 10,000 times safer than not using a condom.
There are no medical reasons stopping someone from using a condom and that includes latex allergies. Did you know, there are latex-free condoms made of polyurethane and polyisoprene?
Durex invented latex in 1920.
The British are still embarrassed to buy condoms.
A survey by Fusion Condoms found that around 56 per cent of people were embarrassed to buy condoms.
During production, electric currents are sent through condoms in order to check for holes and tears.
Trojan was the first company that advertised condoms on television in 1975.
According to research by Debby Hebernick, PhD, a research scientist at Indiana University, condoms don't affect pleasure for women and men. Men are as likely to orgasm with a condom as without.
The design of condoms basically hasn’t been changed much since they were first invented.
Before condoms were invented, women tried a lot of pregnancy prevention methods.
That included drinking mercury or lead, wearing weasel balls on legs and shooting Coca-Cola up the crotch. Probably nothing beats the ancient Egyptian method of inserting dried alligator dung into the vagina though.
Only around 25 per cent of couples use condoms, while just 33 per cent single people reportedly use them.
Around 93 per cent of sexually active American women aged 15–44 have had a partner that used a male condom.