Condoms: FSA Eligibility
Why and when do I need to use a condom?
Condoms, when used consistently and correctly, are a very effective form of protection that can help stop the transmission of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) such as HIV, and prevent pregnancy. You need to use a new condom every time you have sexual intercourse; from the moment the penis first comes into contact with the vagina or anus, until there is no contact. Never use the same condom twice. Only put on a condom once there is a partial or full erection. If a condom breaks during sexual intercourse, pull out quickly and replace the condom (Planned Parenthood Federation of America Inc.).
What are the different types of condoms?
The 'male' condom is a sheath or covering which fits over a man's penis, and which is closed at one end. There is also now a female condom, or vaginal sheath, which is used by a woman and fits inside the vagina.
Condoms are usually made of latex or polyurethane. If possible you should use a latex condom, as they are slightly more reliable and in most countries they are most readily available. Latex condoms can only be used with water based lubricants, not oil based lubricants as they break down the latex. Polyurethane condoms are made from a type of plastic and are suitable for the small number of people who are allergic to latex. Most condoms come with lubrication, but if you want to use some extra lubrication, put it on the outside of the condom (TeensHealth).
Where can I get condoms?
Family planning and sexual health clinics provide condoms free of charge. Condoms are available at supermarkets, convenience stores and gas stations. You can also order them online from different manufacturers and distributors. There are no age limits for buying condoms.
How can I make sure condoms are effective and safe to use?
Condoms have expiration or manufacture dates on the box. You should check the expiration date and not use the condom if the date has passed. Condoms can deteriorate if not stored properly since they are affected by both heat and light. It’s best not to store condoms in your back pocket, wallet, or glove compartment of your car (TeensHealth).