How is a condom used?

Condoms for men are usually made of latex (though other materials are available) and shaped like sheaths. A condom is placed over the penis before intercourse. It acts as a barrier by not allowing sperm to enter the vagina and cause pregnancy. Condoms also protect users from exposure to microbes that cause most sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Female condoms are shaped like small pouches and inserted into the vagina prior to intercourse.

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