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If you're ready to have sex, it's important to use safe, effective contraception. Here's everything you need to know about condoms, from putting one on to where you can get hold of them...
Durex, sheaths, johnnies, rubbers... condoms are a thin sheath of latex rubber or polyurethane that fits over a boy's erect penis and prevents the exchange of bodily fluids between partners.
They are chosen by millions of people every day because:
When a man has an orgasm, millions of sperm are released from his penis. A condom collects all these sperm, providing a barrier between them and the girl's vagina and as such no egg can be fertilised.
Out of harm's way, sperm cannot cause pregnancy. If used correctly, the male condom is 98% effective against STIs and pregnancy.
Also: If you use a lubricant make sure it's water-based (like KY Jelly) - oil-based lubricants (like Vaseline) can cause condoms to break. If the condom splits, see your doctor or family planning clinic right away. The morning-after pill is more effective the sooner it's taken.
The female condom is made of polyurethane and loosely lines the girl's vagina. For more details about female condoms visit the Family Planning Association website.
The female condom is 95% effective.
You can buy them from chemists, supermarkets and corner shops. Or get them for free from family planning clinics or your doctor.
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