Male condom

Male condom

Male condom.

a. Composition: Ninety-five percent are latex (rubber) condoms. Five percent are skin or natural membrane.

(1) Most condoms are 7 inches long (170 mm) and 2 inches (50 mm) wide.

(2) Most condoms are 0.001 to 0.004 inches (0.03 to 0.10 mm)
b. Proper use of male condom.

Placement of male condom

Placement of male condom

(1) The condom should be placed on the erect penis before genital contact.

(2) The condom is unrolled to the base of the penis; the rolled portion should remain on the outside of the condom.

(3) One-half inch of empty space is left at the tip of the condom.

(4) The condom must be lubricated; if it is dry it may tear.

(5) Oil-based lubricants should not be used.

(6) To prevent spillage, the condom is held to the base of penis while withdrawing.

c. Efficacy.

(1) Perfect use has a 3% failure rate. Typical use has a 12% failure rate.

(2) Breakage rate is 1 or 2 per 100 condoms used.

d. Advantages.

(1) Accessibility

(2) Hygienic

(3) Erection enhancement

(4) Prevention of sperm allergies

(5) Prevention of sexually transmitted diseases: effective barrier against HIV, HPV, gonorrhea, herpes simplex, Chlamydia

e. Disadvantages.

(1) Interruption of foreplay

(2) Decreased sexual pleasure for the female

(3) Latex allergies (1% to 3% of the U.S. population)

(4) Breakage of condoms

(5) Sheepskin condoms do not act as a barrier to viruses


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