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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 find them to some of their funny nicknames...
Durex, sheaths, johnnies, rubbers, something for the weekend.
A thin sheath of latex rubber or polyurethane that fits over a boy's erect penis.
They are chosen by millions of people every day because:
They are safe effective contraception. Easy to use, with no need for hormones or injections.
They are the best protection we have against STIs.
They can make sex easier (because of their lubrication) more fun (some have flavours) and more satisfying (some men find sex lasts longer with a condom on).
Choose condoms displaying the British Standards Kitemark (a heart with an S-shape inside). These will definitely be reliable.
When a man has an orgasm, millions of sperm are released from his penis.
A condom collects all these sperm. It provides a barrier between them and the girl's vagina.
Out of harm's way, sperm cannot cause pregnancy. Or STIs.
Condoms are 98% effective. This means that for one hundred girls using condoms, only two will get pregnant each year.
Thanks to NHS for the video.
Also: If you use a lubricant make sure it's water-based (like KY Jelly) - oil-based lubricants (like Vaseline) can make condoms break. If the condom splits, see your doctor or family planning clinic right away. The morning after pill works best if it's taken as soon as possible.
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
They cost around L4.00 for three from chemists, supermarkets and corner shops. Or get them for free from family planning clinics, Brook Advisory Centres (call 0808 802 1234 for your nearest branch) or your doctor.
What about a plastic bag?
What? No. Have some respect. Condoms are a triumph of design. Fit for purpose. Plastic bags tear. And chaff. No Thanks.
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