What are condoms?
Condoms are a thin rubber layer that you place over an erect penis.
They stop you getting pregnant by acting as a barrier to get in the way of sperm.
Condoms are one of the most popular forms of birth control as they are non-hormonal and do not require a prescription. They are also the only form of contraception that protects you from STIs!
Condoms have a slightly higher failure rate than other forms of contraception as they are user-dependent.
With typical use the risk of pregnancy is 15 per 100 women, but can be as good
as 2 per 100 women if used perfectly!
does this mean?
Doctors discuss the
effectiveness of contraception
by "perfect" and "typical" use.
This is because some methods are affected by human error:
The method is used perfectly
(no human error)
Accounts for human
error (e.g. putting the condom
on too late)
A classic method of birth control that doesn't need a prescription
98% effective at preventing pregnancy with perfect use, down to 85% with typical use
Remember to use one every time you have sex
Place it on an erect penis prior to penetrative sex
None. Some users report reduced sexual sensations.
How hard to get?
No prescription required - head on down to your supermarket! Otherwise, your GP or Family Plannning will happiily provide you some on a prescription.
Vary in cost:
Prescription (cheapest - $5), supermarket (dependent on brands, types, flavours, and amount)
How do they work?
The condom is a barrier contraceptive. It works by catching the sperm on ejaculation, therefore stopping it from getting into the vagina and up to fertilise the egg.
how long does it last?
One time per condom
why would it suit me?
Condoms can be particularly helpful if:
You want to protect yourself against STIs
You don't want to use hormones
You don't want a long term contraceptive in your own body
You don't want to take something every day
You remember to use them each time you have sex
Easy to access e.g. supermarkets, clubs/pubs, clinics and pharmacies, and cheaper if given a prescription from your GP or Family Planning
Protects against STIs
Works well if used perfectly
Easy to use and portable!
Come in lots of different styles/flavours/thicknesses etc
Suitable after having a baby (post-partum) and while breastfeeding
Higher pregnancy rates than with other birth control methods
Have to remember to use every time
Must be put on when penis is erect but prior to sex
Can slip off or break
Some people are allergic to rubber/latex
Some partners report reduced sexual sensation
There is no need to book an appointment with your GP or Family Planning. You can access these anywhere!
If you are wanting a reduced price then get them on prescription from your GP or Family Planning.
In the future, Luna Health hope to provide a birth control service that assesses eligibility for each birth control method.
This will save you time and money meaning you only need to physically see a doctor once
Share your experience
help others decide what is best for them
I'm a carrier of the BRCA1 gene so it's advised I don't use contraception other then condoms as it carries added risks for me. Unfortunately that's the only option I'm really left with but am lucky to get regular periods any way
Have used pills in the past, which haven't agreed with me. We use condoms - they kill the moment, but do the job.
I track my period and use condoms when I am ovulating and none the rest of the month. This has provided me with 6 years of effective contraception.