Condoms are a form of barrier contraception. They prevent pregnancy by stopping sperm from reaching an egg. They also help to protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
Both male and female condoms are available in the UK and are suitable for most people.
The male condom fits over a man's erect penis. The female condom is put into the vagina and loosely lines it. To find out more about how to put on a condom see our YouTube channel or the video below.
It's up to you and your partner which type of condom you use. If used correctly, male condoms are 98% effective in preventing pregnancy. Female condoms are thought to be around 95% effective.
There are many different varieties and brand names of the male condom with different sizes, shapes and sensations to suit everyone!
It might take a while to get used to using condoms, but they certainly don't need to make sex any less pleasurable.
Water-based lubricants can help to make sex with condoms even safer and more enjoyable.
Take care with oils, such as baby oil, sun cream or even lipstick, as these may damage the condom. Click here for details of how to get free condoms in York and North Yorkshire.
At the moment there is only one brand of female condom available in the UK.
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