A closer look into condoms

Condoms are the most common contraceptive method used by sexually active young people in this century.  Can we attribute it to their easy accessibility and also the dual protection against Sexually transmitted Infections and Unwanted pregnancy?

How about the fewer side effects; we can not exclude their different  brands on the market with catchy names and packaging

Most male condoms are made of thin latex rubber preventing semen,  vaginal fluids, and blood from being passed between sexual partners during sexual activity. The male condom can be used by carefully rolling a new condom over the man’s erect penis leaving no air spaces on the condom. 

A female condom is a sheath made of transparent film with flexible rings at both ends. One ring fits inside the vagina while the other covers the outside labia. 

How to use the female condom?  Before having sex, make an 8 shape out of the inner smaller ringside of the condom and insert it inside the vagina, push it far enough to keep the outer ring with enough sheets to cover the labia. 

As earlier  mentioned, condoms  offer dual protection  against Sexually transmitted Infections and Unwanted pregnancy if used correctly  and consistently

However, the most serious is an allergy to latex which irritates the genitalia. Sometimes, condoms come with less lubrication.

Please take note that a new condom should be used for each new sexual act.

Writer: Doreen Nelly Kyampeire, Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights advocate


Frank Byaruhanga is a human rights activist with years of experience in community dialogues, digital communication, advocacy and digital campaigns. He specializes in Media Relation Work, Management and Training with sufficient knowledge in Governance, Accountability, Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights, Youth-led research, Content developer, Creative Activism, Social Media Management and documentary photography.

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