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Both male and female condoms, are the only methods of contraception that prevent STIs.
The male condom is a fine latex or polyurethane sheath, worn on the erect penis. It can be used with a water-based lubricant that may be useful for women experiencing vaginal dryness.
Condoms prevent the sperm and egg meeting by providing a physical barrier between them. They also stop body fluids from passing between sexual partners.
Emergency contraception can be used to prevent pregnancy and it is a good idea to have a sexual health check-up for STIs.
The majority of men can use male condoms. A few men may have a latex allergy. Men who experience difficulty getting or maintaining an erection will find it difficult to use a condom.