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Condom

The condom is a form of non-hormonal birth control for use by both men and women. 
 
Male condom 
The male condom is a sheath that is rolled over a male’s penis to prevent body fluid contact between partners. This barrier helps prevent pregnancy and the spread of STIs.
 
Female condom
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he female condom is a sheath that is inserted into the vagina to prevent body fluid contact between partners. This barrier helps prevent pregnancy and the spread of STIs.
 
Both types of condoms come in latex and latex-free.
 
Effectiveness
Condoms are not 100% effective at preventing pregnancy or STIs. They can break or slip off if not used properly.
 
Cost
Condoms are inexpensive to purchase. Free condoms and lubricants are available through the Sexual Health Clinic.
 
Where to buy condoms
You can pick up a pack of condoms at the drugstore or buy one in a washroom, supermarket or convenience store. 
 
Benefits
  • They are your best defense against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) - the only birth-control method to offer this protection.
  • Condoms help protect you and your partner from unintended pregnancy.
  • Condoms are inexpensive, easy to use and effective.
  • There are tons of different kinds, styles, colours and flavours.
Disadvantages
  • Some males complain about lack of sensitivity – it is important for males and their partners to practice and find a type that works best for them .
  • Some females complain about discomfort with use – it is important to use a lot of lubricant with condoms. Many condoms come lubricated but you can get more. The health unit has lube available.
  • Condoms are not 100% effective at preventing pregnancy or STIs. They can break or slip off if not used properly. 
Condom care and storage 
Steps can be taken to make sure your condom is going to work:
  • Check the expiry date.
  • Keep condoms at room temperature – not too hot and not too cold!
  • Before opening, push down on the middle of the package to make sure there is air in the package – this is to make sure the package has not torn or been pierced .
  • Do not open the package with your teeth – this could tear the condom.
  • When pulling out after sex, make sure you are holding onto the base of the condom so it does not slip off and put you at risk of pregnancy or STIs.
 

    

     External links:

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     SexualityandU.ca
     Sexual Health Ontario.ca

     Teen Health Source.com