- What is it?
- Are there different types?
- How does it work?
- How effective is it?
- How can I find out more?
The condom is a thin sheath made of latex, natural animal membrane, polyurethane, silicone, or other synthetic material that fits over the erect penis or inside the vagina.
Yes. There are male condoms and female condoms.
Male condoms are made with a thin sheath made of latex, natural animal membrane, polyurethane, silicone, or other synthetic material that fits over the erect penis.
Female condoms are polyurethane or nitrile sheathes with a closed flexible ring on one end and an open-ended ring on the other.
These two types can be purchased in drug stores, and can be obtained for free at the Scotland County Health Department.
During ejaculation, the condom catches semen to prevent it from entering the vagina and cervix.
- Can be bought in drug stores.
- Are provided for free by the Scotland County Health Department.
- Easy to use, and easy to carry.
- Used only when needed.
- Latex condoms help protect you from HIV/STDs.
- Some people are allergic to latex, but they can use plastic (also known as polyurethane) condoms.
- Must be put on/inserted during sex.
- Condoms may irritate the vagina or penis.
To find out more about condoms, please call the Scotland County Health Department at (910) 277-2440 to talk with a healthcare professional and to make an appointment.