Male Condom - Birth control method
What is male Condom?
Male condom is a thin sheath, usually made from a type of rubber called latex, which is worn over an erect penis before sexual intercourse. Male condom falls under the barrier method of contraceptive and is preferred choice for men looking for protection during sexual intercourse.
Why male condom is needed?
A male condom is an effective, inexpensive and a simple way for protection during sexual intercourse. It prevents the sperms from finding its way to eggs and checking unwanted pregnancies. It is also a very effective means of checking sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV. Condoms should be worn by a man every time he indulges in a sexual intercourse as it is a healthy habit to practice. Male condoms are meant for one time use and should be disposed after using.
How to use male condom?
A condom should be rolled only on an erect penis. To correctly wear a condom, tear the condom wrapper along its perforated edges. It is advisable to roll the condom when there is some amount of light in the room. This will help in determining the correct side to be rolled. Once that is determined put the condom against the tip of the penis and gently roll it down to the base of the penis. If the penis is uncircumcised the skin should be pulled back before rolling the condom. Make sure the condom fits properly all the way to the base, there are no air bubbles and there is small amount of space left at the tip for the semen to unload. Also carefully check to see that the condom has not broken during the procedure.
Types of male Condom
There are many types of condom in the market and almost all of them are very effective. The most recent amongst male condom is the Polyisoprene condoms, which are quite similar to latex condoms. It is a good alternative to people who are allergic to latex but are slightly expensive and fewer brands to choose from.
Polyurethane condoms are the other variety of condoms which are very popular and an alternative to people allergic to latex. This variety of condom is cheaper compared to polyisoprene condoms and is form of synthetic latex.
Lubricated condoms on the other hands are ones which assist in sexual intercourse. For vaginal intercourse one may not need a lubricated condom as the body secretes its own fluids. For anal intercourse lubricate condoms maybe necessary but for oral intercourse it may not be ideal. A lubricated condom can also be spermicidally lubricated in some cases. Some even find it easier to roll a lubricated condom.
Textured Condoms are the ones which are designed to enhance sexual pleasure. They can be ribbed, dotted or studded. Textured condoms generally cost more than normal condoms and are as effective as normal condoms when it comes to protection.
Flavored condoms have a lubricant that gives out a particular flavor. This type of condom is particularly meant for oral sex and can have different flavors of fruits and chocolate. Flavored condoms are more of a novelty and are meant to spice things up.
Advantages of using male condoms
The advantages of a male condom are namely:
- Very effective in preventing pregnancy and STDs.
- Safe and have no side effects.
- Condoms are found easily and in most chemist shops and supermarkets.
- There is no need for a prescription to buy it.
- Can be discontinued at any time.
- Fits all shapes and sizes of penis.
Disadvantages of using male condoms
Your partner may not like a condom
- Irritation or sensitivity to latex.
- Using the condom incorrectly
- Each condom is only for one time use.
- Some may find it embarrassing to buy from chemist of market.
- Possibility of condom slipping or breaking during sex.
- Cannot be stored for too long
- May interrupt sexual foreplay.
Dos & Don’ts of using male condoms
- Always keep the condoms in a cool, dry place
- Put the condom only an erect penis
- Using lubricants is good and makes rolling the condom easier.
- Squeeze the air out of the tip of the condom when rolling to allow room for the semen
- Check the expiration date on the condom carefully before using it.
- Do not use oil-based products, like baby oil or petroleum jelly (like Vaseline) as lubricants with latex condoms.
- Never use finger nails or teeth to open a condom wrapper. You may damage the condom.
- A male condom is for one time use. Do not reuse it.
- Do not use lubricant with nonoxynol-9 regularly as it may cause irritation.
Safety/ Risks of using male condoms
One must ensure that the condom is worn properly and it does not slip out during sex. Also it is very important to be aware that the condom has not broken during the intercourse. Handling the condom with care when rolling it on an erect penis is very important.
After sex and after ejaculation, immediately withdraw the penis from the vagina and hold the base of the condom to prevent any spillage. Roll the condom off carefully and wrap it in a paper and throw it into the bin. Remember one should never flush a condom down the toilet.
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Written by: healthplus24.com team
Date last updated: September 05, 2013