What are condoms?

Condoms are the only method of contraception that protects you against both pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.


How to use condoms

When used properly, a condom is very effective.  It must be put on before any sex otherwise sperm in pre-cum can get into the vagina and risk pregnancy and STIs could be passed on too.  It’s also important not to use oil-based lubricants (such as baby oil or vaseline) as these can damage the condom. You can get water-based lubricants at Chemists or through our Schemes below.  Always check the expiry date and the CE and kite marks – this means the condom is safe to use.


Additional advice 

If you have any sex without a condom, you could be at risk of unplanned pregnancy.  You can get free emergency contraception from your GP, local Sexual Health Clinic or local Pharmacy.  If you’re under 21, emergency contraception is free from some Pharmacies.  You should get advice as soon as possible and test for STIs 2 weeks later. 


Where you can get condoms

You can access free condoms from your GP, Practice Nurse or from any Sexual Health Clinic.

If you are aged between 13-24 and living in West Sussex you can access condoms through our condom distribution scheme.  Please click here for more information.


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