These can be used with male or female partners, and for oral, vaginal and anal sex.
They are usually made of latex (although non-latex condoms are available), and can be used to prevent an unplanned pregnancy and also to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted infections.
Condoms are advised even if you or your partner are using another method of contraception, such as the pill, especially if the relationship is new.
Condoms are available free of charge from:
Condoms are available in different:
3 Things to do before you use a Condom
- Check for the British kite mark, and /or CE mark on the packaging to show a safety standard.
- The expiry date. Never use an out of date condom
- The packet itself. Is it torn, crumpled or scruffy looking? If so, the condom inside may not be intact ,so get another one. Don’t risk it.
What do I do if my condom has split or fallen off during sex?
If the condom appears split or torn, there is a risk of pregnancy and STI’s
Emergency contraception / morning after pill should be considered as soon as possible within 72 hours and it is more effective if taken within 24 hours. For more advice, speak to your parent/ carer , Contraception nurse at the CaSH Clinic, GP or Youth Worker.
What Can Make My Condom Tear?
- The condom might be the incorrect size or shape for you. Everyone is different!
- If the condom has been stored near direct heat or in sunlight
- Lubrication: the wrong type of lube can affect condoms and in fact anything with vegetable oil in can start the condom perishing. This includes sun lotion, baby oil and lotion and massage oils. Lube must be water or silicone based.
Free lube is available from the same places as free condoms. Just ask