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GET IT ON! Using a condom helps prevent the spread of chlamydia and other STIs. FREE condoms are available from the MIddlesex-London Health Unit, student health services at Western University and Fanshawe College, and on most floors at student residence.

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How it works

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.


  • 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

How to use a condom

  • 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

Condom Myth Busters
If your partner says: Why it’s a myth
I’m on birth control, you don’t need a condom. Condoms help to protect from STIs as well as preventing pregnancy. Birth control does not protect from STIs.
I know I’m clean.

Many STI’s such as Chlamydia and Gonorrhea
have no symptoms.

It is recommended to have testing done after the end of a long term relationship, after unprotected sexual contact, with each new sexual partner, after unsafe piercing, tattooing or drug usage.

I can’t feel a thing when I wear a condom. People who use condoms feel that their experiences are just as pleasurable as people who don’t.
Just this once. It only takes one time without protection to get an STI or to become pregnant.


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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More Information

For more information, please call The Clinic at 519-663-5317.

Date of creation: July 1, 2011
Last modified on: May 24, 2022


1Brick, P. (1996) The new positive images: Teaching abstinence, contraception and sexual health
2The Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. (2009). Choosing a contraceptive that is right for u. Retrieved from