Virtually Healthcare is an innovative GP practice that provides expert contraception advice and sexual health care. Appointments are easy to access remotely or in-person and are free of charge on the NHS.
Condoms are barrier methods of contraception that stop sperm from reaching an egg. As well as preventing pregnancy, condoms also protect against sexually transmitted infections.
There are external and internal condoms:
Condoms are barrier methods of contraception. They work as a physical barrier, stopping sperm from getting to an egg and preventing fertilisation.
Condoms are very effective if they are used consistently and perfectly. External condoms are 98% effective if you follow the instructions every time you have sex, which means that out of every 100 women using condoms for a year, two will become pregnant1.
With typical use, following the instructions some, but not all of the time, condoms are around 82% effective, meaning 18 in every 100 women will get pregnant in a year.
There is a risk of pregnancy if sperm gets into the vagina during sex. This can happen if:
Internal condoms are slightly less effective. With perfect use, they are around 95% effective at preventing pregnancy. This falls to 79% effectiveness with more typical use.
If you are worried that your condom may have leaked or failed, or if you’ve had sex without contraception, contact a family planning doctor at Virtually Healthcare for emergency contraception.
Virtually Healthcare has a team of GPs and family planning doctors providing comprehensive contraceptive care. Before suggesting the best contraceptive options for your needs, your doctor will listen to your sex life, preferences, and any pregnancy plans. These could include condoms, the coil or hormonal methods, including the pill, mini-pill, contraceptive implants, injections, or intrauterine systems like the Mirena device.
Virtually Healthcare is an innovative GP practice, providing high-quality healthcare in the surgery or the privacy of your home. Virtually Healthcare is designed for modern lifestyles. You can book consultations easily, with virtual appointments available seven days a week.
The expert team includes more than 40 clinicians working together to investigate and treat disease and help you optimise your health and wellbeing. GPs, sexual health specialists, family planning doctors, physiotherapists, and practice nurses all work together to provide a cutting-edge primary care service.
During the pandemic, patients have found it difficult to access healthcare. Virtually Healthcare provides same-day video or telephone consultations if you contact us before 3 pm. Our clinicians can provide assessment and advice, arrange investigations, prescribe treatment or arrange a face-to-face review.
At Virtually Healthcare, our focus is on you. Our clinicians take a holistic approach to care. Whether you want an easy, convenient way to get contraception or a discreet testing service for STIs, our dedicated team offers expert advice and treatment.
The right choice of contraception is very personal. It will depend on your sex life, number of partners, preferences and whether you are planning a family soon.
At Virtually Healthcare, your doctor can discuss the pros and cons of a contraceptive so that you can make an informed choice. For condoms, these include
Using a condom safely can prevent pregnancy and protect against STIs. Safe condom use includes:
Don’t let the penis touch the genitals again without using a new condom.
Condoms can prevent the spread of many STIs, including HIV. However, many sexually active young people aren’t using condoms during sex. Research by Public Health England showed that about half of 16 to 24-year-olds had sex with new partners without using condoms. As many as one in 10 sexually active people in the same age group had never used a condom.
According to the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASSH)3:
‘Safer sex means having sex with less risk of transmission a sexually transmitted infection (STI).’
Your risk of catching a sexually transmitted infection depends on the disease and whether you’re having oral, vaginal or anal sex. You can reduce your risk of STI by:
Condoms made from latex often contain casein, a protein from milk. Condoms may also be tested for safety on animals. Vegan condoms are free from all animal products and are not tested using animals. Find out more on:
We offer written, telephone and video consultations with a range of male and female clinicians from GPs, nurse practitioners, and primary care specialists such as physiotherapy.