Condoms are a popular contraceptive method that is what we call a barrier method. Condoms for both men and women are available, but male condoms are more commonly used. The male condom is a thin covering that is used over the penis during sexual intercourse. A female condom has a flexible ring on either side of a polyurethane sheath. The closed end is inserted into the vagina while the open ring sits at the entrance of the vagina. Free condoms Los Angeles are available at our medical facility.

How Do Condoms Work?

A condom is made to keep semen from being released into the vagina. A male condom is worn on an erect penis before sex. Hold the tip of the condom over the penis, while leaving a little space at the top and roll the condom all the way down to the base of the penis. If space is not left at the tip, you will increase the chances of the condom breaking. After the male ejaculates, pull the penis from the vagina while the penis is still erect. This method will keep any of the semen from spilling out.

A condom should never be reused and should never be thrown into a toilet for disposal. Oil-based lubricants should never be used while using a condom because the oil can ruin the integrity of the rubber.

How Effective Are Condoms?

The effectiveness of condoms depends on whether the condom was used correctly. It is possible for a condom to slip off or break during intercourse. If this happens, emergency contraceptives can be used.

Male condoms will also help protect against sexually transmitted diseases. However, they will not protect against infections that can be spread when skin sores aren’t completely covered. Latex condoms are more effective in protecting against STDs than the thinner lambskin condoms. Latex and plastic condoms are highly effective in protecting you from accidentally contracting an STD.

It is important to use a condom during sexual intercourse to help protect you and your partner from STDs and unwanted pregnancy. Contact our office at (213) 261-4090 or schedule an appointment online for free condoms Los Angeles.