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Male condoms can be very effective at preventing pregnancy. As long as you use them correctly, only two out of every 100 women will become pregnant. If they are your only type of contraception, you must use them every time you have sex.

Female condoms are slightly less effective, with five out of every 100 women who use them correctly becoming pregnant.

Condoms are the only form of contraception that will protect you against sexually transmitted infections.

Another advantage of condoms is that they are convenient and quick to use. You can buy them from supermarkets, pharmacies, petrol stations, and many other shops. You can also get condoms from your GP, Family Planning, the Sexual Health Centre, 298 Youth Health, and many school nurses and guidance counsellors.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed April 2016.

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