Condoms are usually made of latex or polyurethane. If possible you should use a latex condom, as they are slightly more reliable, and in most countries they are freely available.
Correct condom use
Condoms are only effective when they are used effectively! Follow this advice for the best protection against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or unwanted pregnancy.
- Latex condoms can only be used with water-based lubricants but not oil-based lubricants such as Vaseline or cold cream as it weakens the latex.
- If you are one of a small number of people who have an allergic reaction to latex, you can use polyurethane condoms instead.
- Condoms degrade over time. Replace them often. Check the expiry date on the package. If you're not sure, rather buy new condoms.
- The ideal temperature for storage of your condom is room temperature. Therefore, a wallet, car's glove box or side compartment is not ideal.
- Use a new condom every time you have sex.
- Take care when removing the condom from its wrapper so that you don't damage it.
- Put the condom on an erect penis before any sexual contact has taken place.
- Dispense of condoms by wrapping them in paper and putting the used condom in the trash.
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