Here at Balls, we've no problem telling you what the best practices are when it comes to your sexual health.
There are a lot of options when it comes to contraception, which should be discussed with your sexual partner.
However, we're going to focus on condoms here to ensure that you know the advantages and how you use them correctly.
Condoms are the only contraceptive that can protect you from sexually transmitted infections (STIs), but there are a number of other advantages for using condoms. If you use a condom correctly, they are 98 percent effective.
Here are some of the other advantages when using condoms:
However, if condoms are not used correctly, it decreases their effectiveness.
Here's a step-by-step guide to make sure you use condoms correctly. Believe us, it’s worth a read!:
As a bonus, Brazilian legend and Ballon D'Or winner Ronaldinho once released a condom line whilst he was on the books of Brazilian side Atletico Miniero. A brilliant footballer AND an advocate for sexual health, the man's a hero.
Our friends over at College Times have written a guide on other forms of contraception that you and your partner can use which can be read here.
Remember - if for any reason, your contraception fails, you or your partner could be at risk of an unplanned pregnancy.
However, emergency contraception is available without prescription (and is free for medical card holders) from your local pharmacy for up to five days (120 hours) after unprotected sex.
Emergency contraception does not provide any protection against STIs.
For more information on contraception choices, visit here https://www.sexualwellbeing.ie/sexual-health/contraception/your-choices/