Some condoms come with chemicals called spermicide. Avoid using this type of condoms spermicide should also not be used as a lubricant as it doesn't protect against STIs and might increase your risk of getting infected.
Condoms can be safely used by most people but they might not be the suitable method of contraception for everyone because:
Semen sometimes get into the vagina during sex even when a condom is being used. This can occur because:
If you think sperm has somehow slipped in the vagina, you may need emergency contraception. You should consider the use of emergency contraception for up to five days after unprotected sex.
You should also undergo an STI test which are available at:
You can also adopt the use of other forms of contraception such as the contraceptive pill or implant for extra protection against pregnancy although those other forms of contraception won’t protect you against STIs if the condom splits.
Condoms can be gotten for free even if you're under 16 from:
You can also purchase condoms from:
Condoms that carry the BSI kite mark and the European CE mark should be give top preference because those marks mean they have been tested to the required safety standards.