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Male condoms as contraception/Birth Control


What is a Condom?

A condom is a thin-pouch like product worn on the penis during sex to avoid exchange of fluids and sperms during sex. This is known as barrier method to avoid pregnancy and STDs. Condoms are made of latex (mostly), plastic (polyurethane and polyisoprene) and lambskin. 
It is an every time use solution and if you want a child, simply stop wearing the condom.


Effectiveness: 98%

How long does it Last: Lasts only for one intercourse session or one sperm discharge. Use a separate condom for anal, vaginal and oral sex. It cannot be reused or washed

Cost: Costs INR 5 onwards per piece. Some family planning clinics provide it for free as well

Where to Buy: Available in Pharmacy

STD/STI Protection: Yes

Safe During Pregnancy: Yes

Side Effects: 

  • May reduce the sensation during sex

  • Can cause skin irritation due to allergy to latex or other constituent

  • Allergy to the lubricant or other chemicals present in condom

When to Avoid: 

  • If you are allergic to latex

Incase the condom breaks during sex (this rarely happens), use emergency contraceptives to prevent pregnancy. 


How to use a male condom
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