With the wide range of contraceptive methods available to women, it can be challenging to understand all of the options and make a fully informed choice about which is the best fit. This two-part series should help. On this channel, you can also learn about condoms, the only widely available, proven method for reducing transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) during intercourse. Learn more about the history of condoms, how they are manufactured and tested, and how to use one correctly.


Going Further

Male condoms: Male condoms are highly effective at preventing STIs and unintended pregnancy—when used correctly and consistently. Learn more about correct male condom use and download the free fact sheet, 10 Things to Know about Condoms.

Female condoms: Female condoms give women a form of contraception and STI prevention that they can control. Learn how to use a female condom, download the fact sheet comparing male and female condoms, and learn about young people’s attitudes toward female condoms.

You Be the Influence: Taking care of your sexual health is the same as managing any other aspect of your health—it’s about making healthy choices. For women, this means things like regular Pap and HPV tests, getting tested for sexually transmitted infections, and using condoms every time you have sex. One third of all condoms are purchased by women—but we can do better. Learn more about ASHA’s campaign to encourage more women to buy and carry condoms and take charge of their sexual health.

Find Free Condoms: Cares Community Health has created a nationwide Condom Finder network of organizations and friendly businesses who give away condoms for free. Find free condoms in your area.

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