Male and Female Condoms

Condoms can help protect you from most Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), as well as one method you can take in preventing pregnancy. The best way to prevent pregnancy or getting an STI is to use a condom as well as another form of contraceptive. Condoms are FREE using a C-Card.

Male condoms

What is it? A male condom fits over the man's penis.

How effective is it? If used correctly every time you have sex, they are 98% effective.

Advantages: They help to protect against some STIs, and you do not need to plan ahead and take hormonal contraception daily; they are suitable for unplanned sex.

Disadvantages: Putting on a condom can be an enjoyable part of sex and doesn't have to feel like an interruption. but they can split or come off if not used properly. Oil-based products, such as moisturiser, lotion and Vaseline, can make condoms less effective so it is important to use water based lubricants when using condoms.

Female condoms

What is it? A female condom fits in the vagina

How effective is it? If used correctly and consistently, female condoms are 95% effective

Advantages: they help protect against some STIs, and there are usually no side effects; and can be inserted up to eight hours before sex.

Disadvantage: If the condom is pushed too far into the vagina, or the man's penis enters the vagina outside of the condom, then this may cause a pregnancy or an STI.