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Male Condom

Barrier Methods of Birth Control

How does it work?

  • Thin sheath usually made of latex
  • Also available in polyurethane (for people with latex allergies)
  • Covers an erect penis
  • Prevents the sperm from meeting the egg
  • Can be used with a water-based lubricant
  • Can be used with other birth control methods to increase effectiveness
  • Watch how to put a condom on and take it off properly at:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAR34GffBXE 

Advantages

  • 85-98% effective
  • Helps prevent pregnancy
  • Helps prevent STIs, including HIV
  • Available from a variety of locations such as pharmacies, grocery stores and community health centres
  • No need to see a doctor or health care provider
  • Both partners can buy and carry condoms

Disadvantages

  • Need to have a condom with you so some planning is required
  • Need to put the condom on correctly before any sexual contact takes place
  • Spermicides in condoms or latex allergies may cause irritation which could make it easier to get an STI or HIV if exposed
  • May break if not used correctly
  • A new condom needs to be used with every act of intercourse
  • Novelty condoms may not be meant to protect against STIs

Where can I get male condoms?

Male condoms are available from the pharmacy section of many stores (general stores, grocery stores and drug stores). You can also get them from vending machines in some restaurants and bars. Male condoms are available for FREE at your community health centre, hospitals and Yukon Communicable Disease Control.