What is it and how does it work?

Condoms are a "barrier" method of contraception. They are made of very thin latex (rubber), polyurethane or polyisoprene and are designed to prevent pregnancy by stopping sperm from meeting an egg. A condom is placed over an errect penis before sex.


Up to 98% effective with perfect use.

Who can have it?



Free from sexual Health Clinics, young peoples services, Pharmacies (C Card Scheme). Can help protect against STI's. No serious side effects. They are avalible in different shapes, sizes and flavours. 


May slip off or split if not put on correctly. The penis needs to be withdrawn from the vagina straight away after sex before the penis goes soft  so as not spill any semen. 

Risks/Side effects

Must be put on befpre the penis touches a partners genitalia. Extra lubricant is needed for anal sex. Oil based products damage latex condoms. Water based lubricant is best. 

Further guidance