The male condom is a sheath (or covering) worn over the penis during intercourse. It prevents pregnancy by acting as a barrier, preventing semen from entering the vagina so the sperm can’t reach a females “egg”. Condoms also lower the chances of getting a sexually transmitted infection (STI) by acting as a barrier, preventing organisms that carry STIs to pass from one partner to another. Condoms come in different sizes, styles, and shapes, and have different features. Condoms can be made out of latex, polyurethane, or “lambskin” (also called natural). Condoms may be lubricated or unlubricated.
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