Barrier methods for contraception and STI prevention
Faculty of Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare
Condoms can be used as a primary method of contraception or as an additional method either in the short term, for example, when starting hormonal contraception, or in the long term to provide double protection. They can also be used for sexually transmitted infection (STI) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) prevention. Data have suggested that the male condom is a commonly used method of contraception in the UK.
This Guidelines summary covers the efficacy of barrier methods, pregnancy prevention, factors affecting efficacy, and medical eligibility.