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Condom Safety and Use

Updated: Tuesday, Jul 20,2010, 4:28:35 PM
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Condom history

Condoms have through history been recorded the earliest being described in Egyptian history, whilst in England in the 1600’s condoms were discovered made from animal intestines. Condoms in history  have been made from a variety of materials all over the world including leather, cloth soaked in chemicals, horn, and eventually in 1844 an American  called Charles Goodyear patented vulcanized rubber and later in 1855 the first rather thick seamed condoms were produced.

Condom Safety and Use

Condoms work by keeping the semen (the fluid that contains sperm) from entering the vagina. The condom is placed on a man erect penis prior to penetrative intercourse. It is unrolled all the way to the base of the penis while holding the tip of the condom to eject the air and to allow for the sperm to collect after ejaculation. After ejaculation the man should hold the condom at the base of the penis as he pulls out of the vagina. This is best done when the penis is still erect to prevent the condom from slipping off when he gets soft. Dispose of the condom carefully in a bin, not down the toilet; they are not biodegradable therefore not good for the environment.


   1. Condoms are used primarily to reduce the spread of STI’s (Sexually Transmitted Infections- click here to learn more about them) and to prevent pregnancy.

   2. Condoms do not prevent the spread of genital warts or genital herpes.

   3. Condoms are the only form of contraception that will protect you from HIV when used consistently and correctly.

   4. Condoms are 98% effective when used correctly.

   5. Condoms which have been properly tested and approved carry the British Standard Kite Mark BS EN 600

   6. Take supplies of condoms with you if you go on holiday to make sure they meet British Standards.

   7. Condoms have expiry dates, or manufacture dates these should be checked prior to use

   8. Condoms deteriorate over time or in extremes of temperature therefore, the packaging should be checked for damage if the condom is:

   1. Tacky when you open it don’t use it

   2. Dry when you open it don’t use it

9. Always put condoms on prior to penetrative sexual intercourse anal, vaginal or oral.

   1. Do not open the packet with your teeth

   2. Be aware of sharp fingernails and rings

   3. Do not blow up, unroll or stretch the condom before use

   4. Do not reuse!

   5. Change condoms if you change from vaginal to anal penetration or vice versa

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