Condom User Guide

Condom User Guide

Condoms are the only contraceptive methods that help to prevent unintended pregnancy but also reduce the risk of transmission of most sexually transmitted infections (STIs) during sex – including chlamydia, gonorrhoea, syphilis and HIV. There are several different types of condoms in a variety of sizes, flavours and colours which can be used for different sexual activities including:

  • Vaginal Sexual Intercourse 
  • Oral Sex - Flavoured Condoms, Dental Dams and any other condom.
  • Anal Sex

C-card is a confidential service that provides advice, information and support to all young people in Calderdale to support them to have safe and respectful relationships, which includes having access to condoms etc to practice safer sex. 

All youth clubs can offer this service, along with Branching Out and Calderdale College.  All you need to do is go through a short registration process which gives you the opportunity to talk through any concerns you may have or just get some more information on what support is available, and then you can access free condoms from anywhere you see the C-card symbol (insert symbol)

You can register onto the scheme anywhere you see the C-card symbol, which includes Youth services, Branching Out, Calderdale College.  Also if you are between 13 and 18 then you will be offered the opportunity to register on the scheme if you attend the sexual health service.

The C-card service is confidential and this applies wherever you access this.  The only time that confidentiality might be broken is if a worker has concern for your safety and well-being.  For further information on our services and confidentiality please see section "Just young people"

The confidential nature of the scheme means that your parents would not be told of your participation, but a worker will talk to you about involving your parents and discussing your relationships and in particular concerns  or worries with them. However, it is entirely your choice whether or not you do this. 

As part of the scheme you will be issued with a plastic card which has a unique number that is given to you.  You would need this number anytime you request condoms from  a C-card venue.  If you are worried about someone finding this card, then you could always save the number in a safe space, eg a contact in your phone, so you can quote this number every time you access the scheme.

  •  Through C-Card
  • Youth Services 
  • Most GP practices 
  • Some Pharmacies

You can also buy condoms from:

  • Shops 
  • Pharmacies 
  • Supermarkets 
  • Petrol stations/ garages 
  • Vending machines in some public toilets
  • Internet

Always check that the condom has a kite / CE mark on it, that it is in date and the packaging is intact. All condoms which have the BSI kite mark or European CE mark to ensure that they have all been tested up to British Standards.

For further information please follow see FPA - Male and female condom Guide




  1. Use a new condom each time.
  2. Check ‘use by date’ and check CE / kite mark.
  3. Take condom out of packet carefully.
  4. Squeeze the air out of the teat.
  5. Ensure penis is fully erect.
  6. Role the condom all the way to the base of the penis.
  7. Ensure the penis is removed before the erection is lost.
  8. Take off the condom and wrap in tissue and throw in the bin.

Male condom - If used according to instructions it is 98 per cent effective. This means that two women in 100 will get pregnant in a year.

  • If the penis touches the vagina before the condom is put on.
  • The condom splits.
  • The condom slips off. 
  • The female condom pushed too far into the vagina , or the penis enters the vagina outside the female condom.
  • The condom gets damaged by jewellery.
  • Oil based products used as lubricants 
  1. Check use by date and kite mark.
  2. Insert either lying down or with one leg raised on a chair.
  3. Squeeze the inner ring between your thumb and middle finger and insert the condom into the vagina push it up as far as it will go.
  4. It will now be lying just above the pubic bone.
  5. Ensure the outer ring lies close against the vulva.
  6. To remove twist the outer ring and gently pull the condom out.

Female condom - If used according to instructions it is 95 per cent effective. This means that five women in 100 will get pregnant in a year. (fpa 2008).

Broad Street Plaza, Calderdale : 01422 261370
Huddersfield Royal Infirmary (HIV clinic) : 01484 347077