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Goals

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

Section 3

Summary

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Section 2 - Method Information

Characteristics of the Male Plastic Condom

  • Material is thinner and stronger
  • May allow greater sensitivity during use
  • Less likely to break down due to environmental conditions
  • Can be used with oil-based lubricants

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The male plastic condom has many of the same characteristics of the latex condom, including the degree of protection against STDs. However, it has some important differences. The plastic condoms are thinner and stronger. They are generally made larger, so they are less constrictive. Some designs allow greater sensitivity during use than latex condoms. The material is more stable. They maintain their strength over time and are not as likely to break down when exposed to light or high temperatures. They also will not break down when used with oil-based lubricants, which is important in countries where water-based lubricants are not easily available.

 

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