Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked questions and answers

Q: Why should I use a condom when having sexual intercourse?

A: If you are going to have sex, using a condom is the best way to protect both partners against Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI's) including HIV/AIDS and unwanted pregnancies.

Q: Are Condoms 100% safe?

A: The only protection that is 100% safe is complete abstinence. However, a condom is effective when used correctly and consistently every time you have sex.

Q: How can I check if a condom is safe to use?

A: Check that they have not expired, that they carry a standards approval mark, and that they have been properly stored that the satchet is still having its full air. Satchet is not damaged.

Q: When am I supposed to insert the Female condom?

A: The female condom can be inserted at least 15 minutes before sex to allow the condom to adjust to body temperature or up to eight hours ahead of time.

Q: Can we use both male and female condoms at the same time?

A: Using two condoms at the same time - either two male condoms or male and female condom - is not a good idea as the friction may result in one or both of the condoms tearing.

Q: Is it possible to get different sizes of condoms?

A: Condoms are made in different lengths and widths, and different manufactures produce varying sizes. There is no standard length for condoms, though those made from natural rubber will in addition always stretch if necessary to fit the length of the man's erect penis. The width of a condom can also vary. Some condoms have a slightly smaller width to give a "closer" fit, whereas others will be slightly larger. Condom makers have realized that different lengths and widths are needed and are increasingly broadening their range of sizes.

Q: If I use a condom I seem to lose my erection!

A: It is a good idea to get some condoms before having sex and practice using them. That way you can get used to the feel of condoms and how to put them on, which should help you feel more relaxed about using a condom when having sex and, therefore, less likely to loose your erection. Alternatively, involve your partner in putting on the condom to make it more fun or let your partner use a female condom.

Q: Can I use a condom under water?

A: If you are going to use a condom under water it is important that you put the condom on before you get into the water, Also if the water contains chemicals such as chlorine, or addictives such as soap, bath oil then this may affect the latex.

Q: Can I urinate while wearing a female condom?

A: Yes, the female condom covers the outer vagina/labia, but can be moved aside for urinating.

Q: Can I use a female condom during my period (menstruation)?

A: Yes!

Q: Are male or female condoms strong enough for anal intercourse?

A: Condoms may be more likely to break during anal intercourse than during other types of sex. This is because of the greater amount of friction involved.

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