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Condoms FAQ


  • Why do I need to use a condom?

    If used properly, condoms will help reduce the risk of transmission of HIV (AIDS) and many other sexually transmitted infections (STI's). When used correctly, condoms are also an effective means of preventing pregnancy, although no contraceptive can guarantee 100% protection. Condoms are the only form of contraceptive that can both help reduce the risk of transmission of STI's and prevent pregnancy.

    To learn more about condoms, visit this information page from Health Canada: It's Your Health - Condoms

  • How effective are condoms?

    Male condoms, when used effectively and consistently, are 97% effective in preventing pregnancy. Meanwhile, female condoms, when used perfectly, are 95% effective.

    The above information is from sexualityandu.ca, an information resource provided by the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada. Please visit the site for more information about male condoms and female condoms.

    Please keep in mind that the above numbers apply to perfect use. Typical use effectiveness is 85% for male condoms and 79% for female condoms in preventing pregnancies (according to About.com).

    While it is believed that condoms are also highly effective for reducing transmission of STIs, the degree of risk reduction varies depending on the sexually transmitted disease, and there is insufficient data at this point to be conclusive about the degree of protection that condoms provide against most STI's. For further information, please visit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • What are condoms made of?

    Different types of condoms may be made from different materials. The types of materials are latex, polyurethane, or "natural membrane (sheepskin)".

    For more information regarding the different types of condoms, please visit this page from Health Canada.

  • How do I use a condom correctly?

    Every package from Top Condoms Canada includes printed instructions on correct condom use. However, there is also a wealth of information online.

    Here is an interactive demonstration on how to put on a condom (source: sexualityandu.ca). On the same website, there are also instructions for putting on a female condom.

  • Anything else I should keep in mind?

    - Size is important! If a condom is too large, it can slip off; and if it is too tight, the condom is more likely to break. That's why Top Condoms Canada provides detailed measurements for each condom we sell. Find one that fits you!

    - When using lubricants, be aware that oil based lubricants should not be used with latex condoms since they weaken the rubber. Use water based lubricants with latex condoms. Oil-based lubricants may be used with some synthetic (polyurethane) condoms. Always read the instructions on the lubricant package carefully.

    - Store condoms in a dry place at room temperature, away from direct sunlight and heat. Condoms can deteriorate if not stored properly, so it's best not to use a condom that has been stored in your back pocket, your wallet, or the glove compartment of your car for too long. If a condom feels sticky or very dry, or doesn't unroll properly, you shouldn't use it as it has probably been damaged.

    - Do not use a condom after the manufacturer's expiry date printed on the package.

  • Additional Resources

    If you have unanswer questions, or if you would like more information regarding condom use, please refer to the following resources:

    sexualityandu.ca: a website committed to providing you credible and up-to-date information and education on sexual health, administered by the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada.

    It's Your Health - Condoms: condom information resource on the Health Canada webpage.

    Using Condoms: information regardng condom use provided by AVERT, an international AIDS charity.

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