Condom - Product Information and uses

A condom is a physical barrier device which is most commonly used during sexual intercourse to prevent pregnancy as well as reducing the risk of sexually transmitted diseases (STDsā€”such as gonorrhea, syphilis) as well as HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. A new condom has to be used for every act of vaginal, anal and oral sex from start to finish. It has to be put on the tip of a man's erect penis with the rolled side out before any genital contact takes place. It physically blocks ejaculated semen from entering the body of a sexual partner. It has been proved by several laboratory studies that latex condoms provide an effective barrier against even the smallest STD pathogens. They are also an effective means of birth control.
Usually condoms are made from latex, but some are also made from other materials such as polyurethane. A female condom is also now available which is usually made of nitrile. Male condoms have the advantage of being inexpensive, easy to use, almost no side effects, and offering good protection against sexually transmitted diseases. with proper use and application technique.
They are also used off label for creating waterproof microphones and to prevent rifle barrels from clogging.

Condom Effectiveness

With proper use and application technique, and use at every act of intercourse-women whose partners use male condoms experience a 2% per-year pregnancy rate with perfect use and a 15% per-year pregnancy rate with typical use.
Consistent and correct use of latex condoms reduces the risk for many STDs that are transmitted by sexual contact such as genital herpes, syphilis, chancroid, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and trichomoniasis . They are also effective in preventing the sexual transmission of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) the virus that causes AIDS.

Condoms - Availability and packaging

Condoms are available as Kamasutra Condoms which are packaged in boxes of 10 and 20 condoms each. Kamasutra Condoms, manufactured by J.K. Ansell Ltd. India, are made of natural latex and lubricated with non-spermicidal lubricant.

Materials used and varieties

The vast majority of condoms are manufactured using natural latex as natural latex rubber condoms may be stretched in excess of 800% before breaking. The disadvantages of latex condoms is that they are damaged when used with oil-based substances as lubricants, such as petroleum jelly, cooking oil, baby oil, mineral oil, skin lotions, suntan lotions, cold creams, butter or margarine. Every latex condom is tested for holes with an electrical current.
Condoms are also made of Vytex which is latex that has been treated to remove 90% of the proteins responsible for allergic reactions. An allergen-free condom made of synthetic latex (polyisoprene) is also available. Non-latex condoms are most commonly made from polyurethane and nitrile. Condoms may also be made from other synthetic materials, such as AT-10 resin and polyisoprene.
Condoms are available in textured and other special interest varieties like Classic, Dotted, Ribbed, Contoured, LongLast, Superthin, Intensity(multi-textured), Smooth (plain, extra lubricated), extra large, flared and flavored/scented condoms.

Contraindications

Latex condoms are contraindicated in individuals that have hypersensitivity to latex.