Condoms

Condoms are the only form of contraception that will protect you from most sexually transmitted infections. They are free in Liverpool for all ages, including under 16s. You can get them from (click the names for more info):

Abacus 

 

Brook 

For all under-25 year olds

 

Student Health Centre

The student health centre provides free condoms for registered patients or any student of Liverpool Uni.

 

Armistead 

Service for gay, lesbian and bisexual people

Some condom tips

  • Always choose condoms that carry the European CE mark, a recognised safety standard. DO NOT use novelty condoms - they're not safe.
  • Always put the condom on well before you start to have penetrative sex (where the penis enters the vagina or anus). Sperm can come out way before a guy ejaculates.
  • Use a new condom every time. Never use a condom more than once. If you can't afford to buy them you can get some free at your local sexual health service.
  • Never use two condoms together - whether that is two male condoms or a female and a male condom.
  • Heat can damage condoms so store them in a cool, dry place.
  • Check the expiry date - condoms don't last forever.
  • Get condoms before going on holiday to avoid problems with language and availability.
  • Lubricants make condoms easier to put on and make sex more comfortable; but baby oil is NOT the right kind of lubricant to use. Anything with oil in it will increase the chances of the condom splitting, so make sure you use a lubricant that is made for use during sex – a water-based lubricant. (You can usually get this free from you local sexual health service).