CHAPTER 14 - Male Condoms
This chapter describes male latex condoms. Female condoms are inserted into a woman's vagina (see Chapter 15). For a comparison, see the job aid Comparing Condoms.
What Are Male Condoms?
- Sheaths, or coverings, that fit over a man's erect penis.
- Also called rubbers, “raincoats," “umbrellas," skins, prophylactics, and preservativos; known by many different brand names.
- Most are made of thin latex rubber. Male condoms also are made from other materials, including polyurethane, polyisoprene, lambskin, and nitrile.
- Work by forming a barrier that keeps sperm out of the vagina, preventing pregnancy. Also keep infections in semen, on the penis, or in the vagina from infecting the other partner.