Male condoms

How it works

Made of very thin latex (rubber) or polyurethane (plastic) it is put over the erect penis and stops sperm from entering the vagina.

  • 98% effective if used according to instructions.
  • Can be used with any other method as dual method of family planning.
  • Sold widely.
  • Distributed by government in public facilities for free.
  • Cheap as compared to female condom.
  • Can help protect from sexually transmitted infections as well as unwanted pregnancies.
  • No serious side-effects.
  • Additional spermicide is not needed or recommended.
  • Available in different shapes and sizes.
  • Putting it on can interrupt sex.
  • May slip off or split if not used correctly or is the wrong size or shape.
  • Man needs to withdraw as soon as he has ejaculated an before the penis goes soft, being careful not to spill any semen.
  • Must be put on before the penis touches the woman’s genital area.
  • Oil based products damage latex condoms, but can be used with polyurethane condoms.
  • Available in different shapes and sizes
  • Advised to use extra lubricant when using condoms for anal sex.