Condoms on Campus
- Effectiveness of Condoms
- Condom Requests
- Condom ConnXtion
- Quick Condom & Lubrication Tips
- Negotiation Tips
Condoms are a barrier device made of latex or polyisoprene. They are placed over the penis during sexual activity, preventing the transmission of fluids from one partner to another. Condoms are used to prevent pregnancy and STI transmission and can be up to 98% effective.
While condoms protect against MOST STIs, they do not always protect against transmission of herpes or genital warts (human papilloma virus, HPV) but can reduce the risk of transmission.
All condoms are Type II Medical devices and are held to the same safety standards as artificial heart valves and IV tubing. The Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) responsibility is to ensure every condom brand is manufactured properly and follow quality system regulations to ensure that their products do what they are intended to do: protect against pregnancy and STIs.
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Increasing the Effectiveness of Condoms
Condoms are most effective when used correctly and consistently! When having vaginal or anal sex, you should always protect yourself by wearing a condom. Sixty-nine percent of MSU students used a condom the last time they had vaginal intercourse. Properly wearing a condom every time you have vaginal or anal sex reduces your chances of contracting an STI or becoming pregnant. Condoms are the most effective non-prescription birth control method to reduce both of these risk factors.
How to Properly Use Condoms
The following steps explain how to properly put on and take off a condom. There can be many misunderstandings about the proper way to use condoms. Understand the benefits of protecting yourself and use the knowledge to your advantage!
Step One: Check the date on the back of the condom wrapper to make sure it isn't expired. Carefully inspect the package for any damage. Gently tear open the package without using your teeth.
Step Two: Pinch the reservoir tip and place over the erect penis.
Step Three: With your other hand, unroll the condom down the length of the shaft, making sure there are no air bubbles.
Step Four: Have sex!
Step Five: Always remove the condom while the penis is still erect. Withdraw the penis, turn away from your partner, and gently roll it off the penis. Once removed, dispose it in the trash, and NEVER use a condom more than once.
Hosting a program or event? Please note that we require AT LEAST 3 business days notice to process requests and we do not provide condoms to programs related to course/class projects.
Click here for the request form.
In conjunction with Olin Student Health Services, Residence Halls Association (RHA) funds "Condom Connection," a service that works to provide free condoms to students through both RAs in the halls and at Olin Health Center. This service is intended to promote safe sexual practices by all students. As a participating RA, you are be able to pick up one free refill of condoms each semester in addition to the initial bag.
Participants can pick up each refill in there neighborhood clinic:
- North Neighborhood - Olin Health Center
- South Neighborhood - G17 Holden Hall
- Brody Neighborhood - 148 Brody Hall
- East Neighborhood - 127 S. Hubbard Hall
- River Trail Neighborhood - W-9 McDonel Hall
- Polyisoprene Condoms
- Female Condoms
- Dental Dams
Quick Condom & Lubrication Tips
When using condoms...
- Do so all the time
- Don't be afraid to make putting on a condom fun
- Throw used condoms away, not down the toilet
- Use only water or silicone based lubricants
- Don't use oil-based products (i.e. lotions, baby oil, Vaseline) as a lubricant; it breaks down the condom
- Keep firm in your stance on using condoms
- Communicate with your partner
- Contact Health Education with any questions or concerns regarding your sexual health!
There are many reasons why people try to negotiate the use and it doesn’t matter the reasons, because you and your partner’s health is more important than any excuse.
Common Excuses & Answers
- Don’t you trust me? Trust isn’t the point; people can have infections without knowing it.
- It does not feel as good with a condom. I’ll feel more relaxed. If I am more relaxed, I can make it feel better for you. We could also try a dab of water-based/silicone lube on the inside of the condom.
- I’m afraid to ask them about using a condom. Better to be protected from infection or pregnancy than scared to bring it up.
- I’m on the pill, you don’t need a condom. I’d like to use it anyway. It will help to protect us from infections we may not know we have.
- Putting it on interrupts everything. Not if I help put it on.
- I will pull out in time. Women can get pregnant and get STIs from pre-ejaculate.
- Just this once! Once is all it takes.
Common negotiation scenario excuses and sample responses:
1. "I'm afraid to ask my partner to use a condom."
Reply: Don't be afraid; it's better to have that conversation than to risk pregnancy or an STI.
2. "It doesn't feel as good when we use a condom."
Reply: I hear if you put a drop or two of lube on the tip of the penis before you put the condom on, it increases the sensation. Or, we could try out different types of condoms.
3. "I'm on the pill, you don't need a condom."
Reply: Yeah, but the pill doesn't prevent the spread of infection and it will protect us from any infections that we may not know we have.
4. "Don't you trust me?"
Reply: Of course I trust you but I would feel more comfortable if we used them. If I'm more comfortable, you'll be more comfortable.