Condom Effectiveness: 85% Cost: $0-2 Common Brand(s): Durex, Trojan, LifeStyles Prescription Required: No Use Every Time for Vaginal, Oral and Anal Sex
Condoms are thin, stretchy pouches that cover the penis during sexual intercourse and collect semen. They can be made of rubber, plastic or lambskin. Condoms stop sperm from entering the vagina by acting as a barrier so sperm cannot meet up with an egg and cause pregnancy.
Condoms can protect against certain STDs transmitted by bodily fluid such as Chlamydia and Gonorrhea; however, they don’t guarantee protection from skin-to-skin contact STDs like Herpes and Genital Warts.
It is important to wear a condom for all types of sexual intercourse including vaginal, oral and anal. The Wayne County Health Department provides free condoms; however, condoms can be purchased at most general merchandise retailers like Walmart.
For effective pregnancy prevention, condoms should be paired up with other non-barrier birth control methods such as the birth control pill.
Lambskin Condoms don’t protect against STDs, only rubber and plastic do!