The male condom is hormone-free contraception that is placed on a man’s penis and prevents the passage of sperm into the vagina. How to put it? Which one to choose and where to get it?
Male condom | Advantages and disadvantages ?
The male condom offers excellent protection against sexually transmitted infections, including infection with the AIDS virus.
However, this is not absolute (less than one infection per year for every 100 partners of HIV-positive people using it correctly for a year).
The effectiveness of the male condom as a contraceptive method depends on its proper use.
Used consistently and correctly, the failure rate is about three pregnancies per year per 100 women, while in current practice the failure rate is 14 pregnancies per year per 100 women.
Male latex condoms are not recommended for people who are allergic to latex.
There is a risk of the condom slipping or tearing (about 4 to 8.5% for polyurethane condoms and 1.3 to 3.2% for latex condoms).
Some men are embarrassed by the fitting or wearing of the male condom in their sensations (decrease in sensitivity) or their erotic perception of sexual intercourse.
How to put on a condom?
The male condom is a flexible and thin latex or polyurethane case that helps retain sperm during ejaculation and thus prevent sperm from spreading in the vagina. There are different sizes, different textures or tastes, latex free, with reservoir … Just before penetration, gently open the packaging using the small notch provided (be careful not to open it with your teeth, long fingernails or sharp objects such as scissors or a knife) and unroll it over the erect penis.
The condom has a way of direction, check it before you place it on your penis. Normally, the condom goes smoothly when you pull it from the tip of your penis to roll it down over the length of the erect penis (near your stomach). If it blocks or doesn’t go well, it’s better to take another. To put it on correctly, pinch the small reservoir (which is at the end of the condom) between your thumb and your index finger so as not to form an air bubble, then using the other hand, unroll it. it down to the base of the penis. You can lubricate it with a water-based or silicone gel (available in pharmacies or supermarkets) before or during intercourse.
Some precautions to remember:
- The condom has an expiry date: always check it before use and check that its packaging is not damaged or opened.
- Keep condoms away from heat and in a dry place
- For each usage, you must take a new condom
- Never stack two condoms on top of each other
- The condom must cover the whole penis, if the rubber case only covers half of the penis, it is because its size is not suitable
- Do not use a male condom at the same time as a female condom
- To lubricate it, do not use petroleum jelly, oil or butter as this weakens the condom
- Do not hesitate to practice putting it on and taking it off before using it for the first time.
How do you remove a condom?
After ejaculation and while the penis is still erect, remove the condom with one hand. With the other hand, hold the condom at the base of the penis to prevent semen from leaking out. Tie it up and throw it in the trash, especially not in the toilet bowl. During a next report, a new one must be used. A word of advice: to prevent the condom from slipping into the vagina, do not wait and withdraw from your partner as soon as you have ejaculated.
What if the condom cracks or broke?
Have you had a condom accident and your partner is not taking the pill? You have to go to the pharmacy to take a morning-after pill: it is an emergency contraception to be taken up to 72 hours (or even 120 hours for the two-day pill) after the report in question. Either way, you and your partner are still at risk of contracting a sexually transmitted infection, so you will need to be tested for STIs. Go to your doctor for a prescription or to a Free Information, Screening and Diagnosis Center. Remember that only the use of a condom during each vaginal, oral or anal penetration is effective against the transmission of HIV and STIs.
Who cannot use a condom?
Latex allergy: what are the symptoms? A man with allergies may experience skin irritation (redness, hives, itching, etc.) on contact with the latex or eye irritation (tearing, discomfort, itching, etc.). The diagnosis can be confirmed by skin tests with the doctor or allergist.
All men who have sex with one or more partners (male or female) can use condoms.
This protects both partners from STIs and the risk of pregnancy. However, if you have a stable and regular relationship with the same partner, you may want to consider alternative contraception. But before you stop using the condom, get tested to make sure none of you get an STI. If the results are negative, you can stop using the condom as long as you have other contraception to protect yourself from an unwanted pregnancy. If one or both of them have a positive result, consult a doctor who will be able to advise you on the appropriate treatments. Until complete recovery, continue to use condoms during intercourse.
Men who are allergic to latex cannot use latex condoms, but they can turn to polyurethane condoms (a very strong organic molecule) which are not allergy-causing.
Where to buy it?
The condom can be obtained without a prescription from pharmacies, supermarkets or some gas stations. Sometimes it is also possible to obtain it free of charge from testing centers and associations fighting against HIV. How much does a condom cost? It depends on the brands and models, but a condom costs around EUR 0.56 (USD 0,64) (indicative retail price).
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