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The male condom is a thin cover that fits over a man's erect penis. Condoms are made of:. Condoms are the only method of birth control for men that are not permanent.
Wearing a condom during sex can help prevent pregnancy and the spread of sexually transmitted infections. To use a male condom, take the condom out of the packaging and pinch the tip at the center between two fingers. Then, hold the condom at the tip of your erect penis and roll the edges down the shaft of your penis until the condom is completely on. If the condom breaks, throw it away and start over with a new one.
Back to Your contraception guide. Condoms are the best way to protect yourself against sexually transmitted infections STIs and unwanted pregnancy. During sex, male condoms are worn on the penis to prevent semen sperm entering the woman's vagina when the man ejaculates comes.
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Clue is on a mission to help you understand your body, periods, ovulation, and so much more. Start tracking today. Studies have found that about one in 50 women using condoms perfectly over an entire year of sex will experience a pregnancy 1.
There is no surefire way to prevent sexually transmitted infections or diseases STIs or STDs or unwanted pregnancies other than not having sex. Condoms have traditionally been—and remain—an effective and reliable tool, but only if you use them properly. Used correctly, condoms can be up to 98 percent effective in preventing STIs and pregnancy.
How do I put on a condom? Six steps to condom success:. Step 1 Check that the other person actually wants to have sex.