The Male Condom

The condom is a plastic sheath which is designed to cover the whole of the penis and trap sperm at the point of ejaculation. They also prevent any other sexual fluids from being exchanged during sex. It is important to realize that once the penis becomes erect a liquid known as pre-ejaculate can leak from the head. This pre ejaculate can contain bacteria and viruses as well as enough sperm to lead to pregnancy. Therefore, the condom must be applied to the penis as soon as it is erect and before it makes any contact with the vagina. Condoms are around 18 to 19cm in length. The most commonly used type is made out of thin latex and they are often lubricated to increase ease of use. In some instances the condom will also contain spermicides which assist in the contraceptive action.