Male Condoms

Male condoms are made from very thin latex (rubber), polyisoprene or polyurethane. When used correctly during vaginal, oral or anal sex, they help to protect against pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
Condoms are the only contraception that protect against pregnancy and STIs and if used correctly and consistently, male condoms are 98% effective.
Before using a condom it is important check that it has the CE mark on the packet. This means that they’ve been tested to the high European safety standards. You should also check that the condom has not gone past the expiry date.
Whatever your age, even if you’re under 16, you can get free condoms from a variety of locations throughout Torbay, including GP surgeries, sexual health and contraceptive services, as well as many services for young people and educations settings. For more information about where to get condoms visit the C-Card section of this site. You can also buy condoms in most pharmacies and supermarkets.
If you’re sensitive to latex, use polyurethane or polyisoprene condoms instead.
Although condoms (when used correctly) offer reliable protection against pregnancy, you need to use another method of contraception as well. This is to protect you against an unintended pregnancy if the condom fails.
If the condom splits or comes off, you can use emergency contraception to help to prevent pregnancy. This is for emergencies only, and shouldn’t be used as a regular form of contraception.
Visit the Top Tips for Condom Use page for more info on using a condom safely.
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