Sex should be fun and exciting but getting an infection or having an unwanted pregnancy is not.
We want to give you the facts about contraception so you can make a decision that’s right for you.
There are many different types of contraception. We have written a short description about each method below but you can find out more by clicking on the method. This will take you to a different page on our website.
You might also like to use Brook’s Contraception Toolkit – it’s a short questionnaire that works out which form of contraception is best for you and your lifestyle.
Male condoms are made from a thin latex or polyurethane (thin rubber material) and are lubricated, often with spermicide, to kill any sperm already on the penis. The lubrication makes sex more pleasurable.
How effective is it?
If you follow the instructions, use it properly and use a new one every time you have sex, condoms are 98% effective in preventing a pregnancy.
Condoms rely on the user, so might not work well if either of you have had too much to drink, have taken drugs or are not sure how to use them properly
They are the only contraception that helps protect against STIs and pregnancy.
There are no medical side effects.
Male condoms come in lots of sizes, colours and flavours.
They prevent sperm being left on sheets or clothes.
Boys can make sure they are using contraception because they have to wear it.
They rely on the user at a time of high excitement and might not be put on properly.
They have to be disposed of afterwards.
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