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Male condoms are an excellent form of contraception - they can prevent most types of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) as well as unplanned pregnancies!

There is a right way and a wrong way to wear a condom - if it doesn't unroll smoothly from the rim on the outside, then it's upside down.

Learn proper condom techniques!

Remember, condoms should always be used with a water-based lubricant; don't use oil-based lubricants like Vaseline or baby oil which will weaken the condom. Also, did you know that the worst place to carry a condom is in your back pocket? A shirt pocket or a protective case is better!

Condom Advantages

  • Condoms help in preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases
  • They are cheap, convenient and easy to obtain - get them free at one of our medical centers
  • They are lightweight & disposable
  • They don't require a prescription
  • Condoms can be used along with other birth control methods

Condom Disadvantages

  • They don't protect you from all STDs - such as herpes, genital warts and syphilis.
  • 1 to 2% of women and men are allergic to latex condoms but polyurethane and non-latex condoms or lambskin (natural) condoms are available.
  • Improper use can lead to condom breakage, resulting in contraceptive failure.
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