What is it?
The male/external condom is a soft disposable sheath available in various shapes, sizes, thickness, colors, and flavors. Most male/external condoms are latex, but non-latex are also available.
How does it work?
The male/external condom fits over the erect penis and acts as a barrier preventing direct contact between the penis and vagina, blocking the exchange of body fluids. It traps the sperm in the condom so that it cannot fertilize the egg.
Does it prevent sexually transmitted infections?
Remember that most birth control or contraceptive methods will not protect a person from sexually transmitted infections (STIs). To reduce the risk of STIs, including HIV, use a condom with another method of contraception. This is referred to as dual protection.
To be effective, birth control must be used correctly and consistently. If you want to prevent pregnancy, choose a method that you and your partner will use every time you have intercourse.
Talk to your health-care provider or visit a sexual health clinic to find out what might work best for you and your partner.