Condoms should be used every time you have vaginal, anal or oral sex.
Never use a condom more than one time.
Condoms work best when they are used with spermicide (spermicides kill sperm).
YES. It’s a good idea to use a condom with oral sex (whether giving or receiving) to prevent body fluids (semen, blood, vaginal fluids) from being passed from one person to the other. Body fluids can carry STDs and HIV..
YES. Condoms are the only form of protection that can help prevent STDs and pregnancy.
Condoms are available at NIMCHN Family Planning Clinics. No prescription is required to get condoms. They can be bought in many locations. Condoms are generally one size fits all. Most men can fit into the average sized condom without difficulty.
YES. If you are using a lubricant with a condom, only water-based lubes should be used. Oil-based ones, such as baby oil, hand cream, cooking oil, massage oil, Vaseline, etc., can cause condoms to break.
Accidents do happen! If the condom breaks while having sex follow these steps:
Since you both may have been exposed to each others body fluids, you may both need to get tested for STDs. Most STD tests require you to wait at least 10-14 days after exposure to be tested. If you are also worried about unplanned pregnancy, the Emergency Contraceptive Pill or ‘morning after pill’ is available at NIMCHN Family Planning Clinics.