Condoms

  • A barrier method of contraception
  • Male and female condoms available
  • Non-hormonal

Female condom – 95% effective if used properly
Fits inside the vagina

Male condom – 98% effective if used properly
Fits over an erect penis

Gives protection against sexually transmitted infections
Available free from:
The Corner
Family Planning Clinics
GPs
GUM clinic
Tayside Condom Initiative outlets (see website)

Considerations

Never use oil based products such as body creams, lotions, lipstick on a condom as this will damage the rubber and make it much more likely to burst

How do I use a male condom?

Follow the detailed instructions on the condom packet or in the leaflet inside the pack. Your doctor, nurse or pharmacist will also be able to advise you. Otherwise you can follow these instructions:

condom_011. Check that your condom isn’t past its use-by date. Be careful how you take it out of its foil wrapper.

condom_022. Pinch the teat or closed end before you put the condom on.

condom_033. Holding the teat or closed end, roll the condom right down to the base of the penis.

Remember you must use a new condom every time you have sex. Make sure the ‘use by’ date on the packet is not out of date. Be careful not to tear the condom on sharp fingernails and jewellery when you take it out of the packet.

How do I use a female condom?

The packet will contain a leaflet with detailed instructions on how to use a female condom. Your doctor, nurse or pharmacist will also be able to show you.
Remember to use a new condom every time you have sex and check the ‘use by’ date on the packet. Be careful not to tear the condom on sharp fingernails and jewellery when you take it out of the packet.