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Section 1
Section 2

- Information
- Objectives
> Male Condom
- Properties
- Latex
- Plastic
- Correct Use
- Breakage
- Behaviors
- Cautions
- Protection
- Female
- Characteristics
- Use
- Spermicides
- Characteristics
- Correct Use
- Preferences
- Diaphragm
- Characteristics
- Considerations
- Correct Use
- Fitting
- Follow-up
- Sponge
- New Methods

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Section 2 - Method Information

Male Condom

Correct placement of male condom

Artwork adapted from PATH and WHO.
Slide 13

The male condom fits over the man’s erect penis and forms a physical barrier between the vagina and the penis. The condom serves as a receptacle for semen and prevents sperm and microorganisms from entering a woman’s reproductive tract. It also prevents fluid and microorganisms from the female partner from coming into contact with the penis.

Condoms come in different sizes, colors, shapes and thicknesses. Some are lubricated with silicone or other water-based lubricants, and some have spermicides added to the lubrication. The male condom can be used with other contraceptive methods, including most barrier methods. However, the male condom should not be used with the female condom because friction could dislodge either device.



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