Male Condoms

     
    Are male condoms effective in preventing pregnancy? Top
    Yes, male condoms are effective, but only if used correctly with every act of sex. When used consistently and correctly, only 2 out of every 100 women whose partners use condoms become pregnant over the first year of use. Many people, however, do not use condoms every time they have sex or do not use them correctly. This reduces protection from pregnancy.  
       
    How well do condoms help protect against Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)? Top
    On the average, condoms are 80% to 95% effective in protecting people from STIs when used correctly with every act of sex.  
       
    Do condoms often break or slip during sex? Top
    This does happen but is very rare. On the average, about 2% of condoms break or slip off completely during sex, primarily because they are used incorrectly. Properly used, condoms seldom break.  
       
    Can a man put 2 or 3 condoms on at once for more protection? Top
    There is little evidence about the benefits of using 2 or more condoms. It is generally not recommended because of concerns that friction between the condoms could increase the chance of breakage.  
       
    Is allergy to latex common? Top
    No. Allergy to latex (condom rubber) is uncommon in the general population; however, reports of mild allergic reactions due to condoms are present. Severe allergic reactions to condoms are extremely rare.