When used properly, condoms are the best way to prevent sexually transmitted infections like HIV.
Condoms have a very low failure rate, and are effective of all kinds of sexual activity, including oral and anal sex. They have a low failure rate because they are classed as medical devices, so they much meet essential requirements in order to be approved for sale on the market.
When buying condoms it is very important to check the expiry date, and to choose a condom that has the kite mark and CE mark on it. These are both widely recognised safety standards.
Good To Know
- It is very important that you use a new condom each time you have sex
- Roll the condom down your penis as soon as you are erect, and before you partake in any sexual contact
- Avoid using oil-based lube with condoms as this can destroy the condoms material.
- After ejaculation you should immediately remove your penis, ensuring that you are holding the condom firmly to keep it from slipping off
Female condoms are a less popular protective sheath. These are designed to be worn in the vagina and are designed to prevent pregnancy and STIs. However, one fault of female condoms is that they can ride up, inside the vagina, which would in turn make them a less effective form of contraception.