How are male condoms used for contraception?

Updated: Oct 06, 2020
  • Author: Frances E Casey, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Richard Scott Lucidi, MD, FACOG  more...
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The condom consists of a thin sheath placed over the glans and the shaft of the penis that is applied before any vaginal insertion. It is one of the most popular mechanical barriers. Among all of the barrier methods, the condom provides the most effective protection of the genital tract from STDs. Its usage has increased from 13.2-18.9% among all women of reproductive age because of the concern regarding the acquisition of HIV and STDs. It prevents pregnancy by acting as a barrier to the passage of semen into the vagina.

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