The Male Condom, Sheath or Rubber

The Male condom is also known as simply condoms, the sheath or rubbers, they are made from very thin rubber latex, polyisoprene or polyurethane. They are designed to be worn on the penis and stop the mans semen / sperm from coming into contact with his sexual partner.

They work as a contraceptive by preventing sperm meeting an egg and thus preventing a pregnancy.

Semen / Sperm can still come out of the penis even before a man has had an orgasm (fully ejaculated).
In order for for maximum efficacy, it is important that the penis does not touch the vagina before the condom has been put on.
If this happens, or if semen gets into the vagina while using a condom, you may need emergency contraception. You may also consider having an STI test.
When used correctly, male condoms can also protect against STIs during vaginal, anal and oral sex..


  • Condoms are the best way to help protect yourself from sexually transmitted infections. STI's including HIV, Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea.
  • It's a form of contraception you only need to use when you have sex.
  • When used correctly and consistently, they are a reliable method of preventing pregnancy.


  • Although very strong, they may split or tear if not used properly. Practice putting them on before sexual contact if this often happens to you.
  • Some people have allergies to latex, plastic or spermicides which are used in certain product lines, if this is a concern, you can get condoms that are less likely to cause an allergic reaction. Your Pharmacy / Apotheke will be able to advise a product line for this.
  • Some couples find that putting in a condom can interrupt sex, or ruin the mood.

(Perfect use means using the method correctly each time. Typical is when you do not always use it correctly)

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