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What is a male condom?

The male condom, sometimes called a rubber, is a barrier method of birth control used by men. It is a disposable piece of thin latex rubber. The condom provides a barrier that stops sperm from entering a woman's uterus. Latex condoms also provide a barrier against the transmission of sexually transmitted disease.

How is it used?

Use a new condom every time you have intercourse. Either partner can place the condom over the tip of the erect penis, leaving a space at the tip of the condom. Roll it down to cover the entire penis. Squeeze the tip of the condom as you roll it on to release any trapped air and prevent it from bursting during ejaculation. After ejaculation and while the penis is still erect, carefully withdraw the penis from the vagina. It is very important while withdrawing the penis to hold the base of the condom firmly so it does not slip off and spill any sperm. Throw the used condom away. Do not reuse it.

Using a spermicide foam or jelly with a condom further reduces the chances of pregnancy.

WARNING: Do NOT use Vaseline (petrolatum, or petroleum jelly) with condoms as a lubricant. Vaseline weakens the rubber.

What are the benefits?

Male condoms have a variety of benefits:

What are the disadvantages?