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The external condom is a soft cover made from latex or polyurethane (a thin, non-latex plastic) that fits over the erect penis to prevent the exchange of body fluids. It can be used for vaginal, anal or oral sex.
- Fits over the erect penis
- Prevents direct contact between the penis and the vagina, anus or mouth.
- Traps the sperm in the condom so it cannot fertilize the egg
- Reduces but does not eliminate the spread of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
- Free at your local public health unit or from the Middlesex-London Health Unit.
- Free from student health services at Western University and Fanshawe College, and on most floors at student residence.
- Available without a prescription
- Costs less money than other birth control methods
- No hormones
- Available in different shapes, colours, and flavors
- Condoms help prevent the spread of chlamydia and other STIs
- Only birth control method for the male partner
- May help to prevent early ejaculation
- Must be available at the time of sex
- Must be stored in a cool dry place and handled properly
- Requires high motivation to use it correctly each time you have sex
- May slip or break during sex
- Condoms expire
- May reduce sensitivity for either partner
- Lambskin condoms and condoms labelled for novelty use are not recommended
- The use of a water based lube can reduce friction during vaginal and anal sex and reduces the risk of a condom breaking
- Check expiry date
- Pinch the tip of the condom to create a space to collect semen and roll the condom down the entire shaft of the penis. If uncircumcised, pull back the foreskin.
- Use water based lube only (the more slippery the condom the less likely it is to break or come off during sex)
- Soon after ejaculation (cumming) hold the condom at the base so it won’t slip off and pull out holding onto the base of the penis and the condom
- Throw the condom in the garbage, not the toilet
- Remember to use a new condom if switching from one sex act to another (i.e. from oral to vaginal sex) regardless of ejaculation
Starting April 1, 2019, the government is focusing OHIP+ benefits on children and youth who do not have a private plan. Children and youth 24 years of age and under who are OHIP-insured, but who do not have a private plan, will continue to receive coverage for eligible prescription medications through OHIP+.
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Last modified on: May 24, 2022