What is a condom?

A condom is a form of birth control known as barrier contraception. Condoms also protect against most sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), among others. Most common varieties of condoms are made of thin latex rubber, though other products made of other materials are available. Condoms are most often worn by men over the penis, though "female condoms" worn inside the vagina are available.

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How do I use condoms and lubricants?
Boston Women's Health Book CollectiveBoston Women's Health Book Collective
The following guidelines provide basic information on condom and lubricant use:For sex with a man, t...
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How can condoms help men manage premature ejaculation?
Ian Kerner, PhDIan Kerner, PhD
Condoms can help men manage premature ejaculation (PE). It’s a familiar complaint of lots of women: ...
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I'm allergic to latex. Can I still use condoms?
Patricia Geraghty, NPPatricia Geraghty, NP
Yes, there are non-latex condoms available. These used to be mainly mail order items, but can now be...
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How dangerous is it to have sex without a condom?
Univ. of Nev. School of Medicine, Family MedicineUniv. of Nev. School of Medicine, Family Medicine
Having sex without a condom increases your risk of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).  You never ...
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