1. Where can I get condoms?
You can buy condoms from any pharmacy, supermarkets other small shops or securely on online Ecommerce websites. Please use the SHOP & OFFERS section of the app to purchase condoms securely and discreetly.
You can also avail condoms free of cost from any Govt health facility or ANMs, ASAHs in villages.
2. Can anyone use condoms?
Yes, male and female condoms are suitable for most people. Some men and women are sensitive to the latex in male condoms. You can try non- latex male (polyurethane) condoms or female condoms.
3. How effective are the condoms?
Effectiveness of any contraceptive method depends on how old you are, how often you have sex and whether you follow the instructions correctly. If 100 sexually active women have unprotected intercourse, the chances are that 80 to 90 will become pregnant in a year without any contraception.
Male condom – If used correctly as per the instructions, it is 98 per cent effective. This means that two women in 100 can get pregnant in a year. If it is not used according to instructions, the effectiveness is guaranteed and the risk of pregnancy increases.
Female condom – If used as per the instructions, it is 95 per cent effective. This means that five women in 100 can get pregnant in a year with the usage of female condoms. If it is not used according to instructions, the risk of pregnancy will be higher.
4. Can anything make condoms less effective?
Sperm can get into the vagina during sex, even if you use a condom.
This may happen if:
- The precum (pre-ejaculation fluid) which leaks out of the penis before ejaculation,may contain sperm. If the penis touches the area around the vagina before a condom is put on, this may cause entry of sperms into the vagina.
- if the condom splits during sexIf the condom does not fit well on the penis and slips off during sex.
- If the condom is not used correctly e.g worn inside out.
- The condom gets damaged by usage of teeth, scissors or jewellery.
- Too much or too little lubricant used.
- Usage of oil-based products like Vaseline or edible oils will damage the latex condoms.
- The female condom gets pushed too far into the vagina.
- The penis enters the vagina outside the female condom by mistake.
If any unprotected sex or any of the above happen, you need to have emergency contraception to prevent unwanted pregnancy. Please check the section on Emergency Contraception (EC)
What are the advantages of condoms?
Male condoms are cheap and easily available.
- You only need to use them when you have sex.
- They are the only method that provides dual protection i.e protect both partners from sexually transmitted infections, including HIV and unplanned pregnancy
- There are no serious side-effects from using condoms.
- Male condoms come in a variety of shapes and sizes and can be used for playful activities during sex
5. What are the disadvantages of condoms?
Some people feel condoms interrupt the spontaneity of sex.
- Some perceive condoms as a barrier and feel that the pleasure sensation is lessened while having sex.
- A male condom can sometimes slip off during sex or split causing awkward situation during intercourse.
- Latex allergy may happen to some people though rare.
- Female condoms can slip out or get pushed into the vagina.
When using a female condom, you need to make sure the penis is in the condom and not between the condom and vagina and that the open end of the condom stays outside the vagina.
6. When should I use lubricants with a condom?
Male Condom – Male condoms normally come ready lubricated to make them easier to use. Some people also like to use additional lubrication. You must use only water-based lubricants like KY jelly with latex condoms. You should never use oil-based products – such as body oils, creams, lotions or petroleum jelly – as a lubricant. This is because they can damage the latex and make the condom more likely to split. – Some oil-based ointments can also damage latex. If you are using any medication in the genital area – for example, creams, pessaries, or suppositories – ask your doctor, nurse or pharmacist if it will affect latex condoms. – Any lubricant can be used with male polyurethane condoms. – You can check the condom packaging to find out whether it is made from latex or polyurethane.
Female Condom – Female condoms come ready lubricated to make them easier to use. Some people also like to use additional lubrication. Any lubricant can be used with female condoms as they are made of polyurethane. This includes body oils, creams, lotions or petroleum jelly. If you are using medication in the genital area, for example, creams, suppositories or pessaries, you can still use female condoms.
7. Do I need to use spermicide?
No. If used correctly, condoms are an effective method of contraception and you do not need additional spermicide – a chemical that kills sperm. Some male condoms are lubricated with spermicide. These types of condom are being phased out as research has shown that the spermicide commonly contains a chemical called Nonoxinol 9 which does not protect against sexually transmitted infections such as HIV and may even increase the risk of infection. If you can, avoid using spermicidally lubricated condoms and don’t use additional spermicide as a lubricant.
8. I have just had a baby; can I use condoms?
You can use condoms immediately after you have had a baby – using an additional lubricant can help sex to be more comfortable.
9. Can I use condoms after a miscarriage or abortion?
You can use condoms immediately after having a miscarriage or abortion.
10. Which condoms are best for oral sex?
Any condoms can be used for oral sex. However, flavoured condoms are a good option because they are not lubricated and come in a range of flavours to suit most people’s tastes. If you are interested to purchase flavoured condoms, please check the SHOP & OFFERS section
11. Can sperm travel through pores in the condom?
NO. Neither latex nor polyurethane condoms have pores in the condom.
12. How are condoms tested to make sure they will work?
Condoms go through several different tests to check: – They are free from holes. – The strength and stretch of the latex. – The air pressure needed to burst one. – The safety of the packaging.
13. Are there different types of condoms?
There are many different types of condom to choose from including regular, larger, trim, stimulating and fun.
14. Where should I keep condoms?
Always keep packets of condoms and individual condoms where they cannot be damaged by strong heat, sharp objects, light or damp. Please store them in room temperatures.