A condom is a method of birth control that works by forming a barrier and blocking the route that sperm would take to fertilize an egg. It also helps prevent the transmission of sexually transmitted infections. There are male and female condoms, and they can be made from latex rubber, polyurethane, or lambskin. The male condom is more commonly used. Used correctly, condoms are 98 percent effective in preventing pregnancy, but since people do make mistakes, they are around 82 percent effective in actual use.
A female condom is a soft, loosefitting pouch that's inserted into the vagina before sex to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. The female condom — also called an internal condom — is a birth control contraceptive device that acts as a barrier to keep sperm from entering the uterus. It protects against pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections STIs. The female condom is a soft, loosefitting pouch with a ring on each end. One ring is inserted into the vagina to hold the female condom in place. The ring at the open end of the condom remains outside the vagina. The outer ring helps keep the condom in place and is also used for removal.
Condoms are thin pouches that keep sperm from getting into the vagina. There are male condoms and female condoms:. Condoms work by keeping semen the fluid that contains sperm from entering the vagina. The male condom is placed on the penis when it becomes erect.