Mates condoms prevent pregnancy by stopping sperm getting to the womb to fertilise an egg. They also protect against STIs.
There are a few things that can stop a condom from working. The most common thing is that the condom breaks, splits or slips off during sex. It may also not be effective if its used with oil based products, medication for things like thrush, stored in intense heat or cold, or past its use by date. If these things happen you may need to use emergency contraception.
How to use the Mates condom:
To use a condom, squeeze the air out of the teat at the end and place it over the tip of the erect penis. If it won’t roll down the penis, you've probably got it the wrong way round. Take it off, throw it away and start again with a new one. After sex, hold the condom at the base of the penis when you withdraw – and remove it from the penis, being careful not to spill any semen. Don’t throw condoms away in the toilet. Think of Blue Planet and put it in the bin!
How safe is the Mates condom:
There are very few risks when using a male condom. Some people may be allergic or sensitive to latex and therefore a condom might not be suitable. There are however latex-free condoms available. Occasionally, condoms can come off inside a women’s vagina during sex. Don’t panic, just reach your fingers inside your vagina and try to pull it out. Sometimes squatting or propping one foot up on a higher surface, can help you reach your cervix. If you can't get it out after a few hours, head to your local sexual health clinic and they can remove it for you.