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COVID-19

If you believe you have Coronavirus (COVID-19), or have developed a continuous cough, have a fever/high temperature, loss of smell or taste, or have come into contact in the last 14 days with someone who has; then please do NOT come into Sandyford. For further information about Coronavirus please visit NHS Inform

 

 

 

 

NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde

Free Condoms in Greater Glasgow & Clyde

In light of COVID-19 we're changing the way we provide free condoms so that everyone who needs them has safe access to them. You can now order securely online and have them delivered free to your home in a discreet package.

It's still possible to access Free Condoms at venues that are open. However it is likely that many Free Condom venues will be closed to the public at short notice in response to the ongoing COVID-19 situation. We recommend using our online ordering form to ensure you get what you need. 

Order Condoms Online

Use our secure online form to order what you need directly and discreetly delivered to your home. Anywhere in the NHS GGC area.

Sex & COVID-19

Sex and intimate contact are risks for COVID-19 transmission. We've answered some common questions about sex & sexual health to help you make informed choices.  

Information for Venues

In light of COVID-19 we've changed the way venues order stock to ensure we can continue to provide you with what you need. 

About Us

We provide Free Condoms to the population of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

You have to be aged 13 or over but we don't have an upper age limit.  Both male and female condoms are available. You can use the service as often as you require. 

We will respect your confidentiality and anonymity

We only ask for a name and address so we can post your order to you.

Our venues staff are approachable and non-judgemental

We know that staff attitudes are important to you.  We expect staff in our venues to be approachable and non judgemental.  We expect staff to be knowledgeable about condoms.  If you want to comment on your local venue please contact us in confidence.

We will listen to your suggestions

We value your comments and suggestions. Please contact us if you have any comments and suggestions. Any complaints will be dealt with in accordance with NHSGGC procedures.

You can pick up Free Condoms from a range of places.

Ordinarily we provide Free Condoms from over 500 venues throughout NHS GGC. You can pick up condoms in many Pharmacies, Health Centres and a variety of other venues.  However it is likely that many Free Condom venues will be closed to the public at short notice in response to the ongoing COVID-19 situation. We recommend using our online ordering form to ensure you get what you need.

Young People

The legal age of consent to have sex in Scotland is 16. If you are 13-15 years old you can get condoms but we’d encourage you to watch this video and think about if you’re ready for sex.

Sex is supposed to be enjoyable for all involved and should always start with consent, from both people. If you don’t enjoy the sex you are having or feel pressured and don’t know how to change your situation, you can get help on the Childline website

Condoms - What's Available!

All condoms are packed into plain white bags. Each bag contains 12 condoms. The bags are sealed with a label which has the use-by-date printed on it. Each pack contains a guide to using condoms. 

All condoms are non-spermicidally lubricated (meaning they are lubricated but without spermicide which has been known to cause irritation to some people). All condoms are Kite & CE marked so you can trust that they are of the highest quality.

 

 

The following products are available:

Standard Fit:

12 condoms in sealed white bag

Larger Fit: 

12 condoms in sealed white bag

Trimmer Fit: 

12 condoms in sealed

Variety Pack: 

3 standard, 3 larger, 3 trimmer

Allergy / Latex Free: 

12 condoms in sealed white bag

Female Condom: 

12 femidoms in sealed white bag

Black Condoms: 

12 condoms in sealed white bag

Size Matters!

Make sure you use the correct size of condom.  Condoms can split, burst or come off if they don't fit right. A condom that is too large could slip or move during sex. A condom that is too tight could split, tear or burst.

Try out our 'variety pack' if you are new to using condoms or haven't tried anything from the Free Condoms range yet.  The variety pack contains 12 condoms: - 4 standard, 4 larger fit and 4 trimmer fit.  Try them on and see what fits you best.

The sizes for each of the condoms in the range are:

Lubricant - What's Available!

Lubricant should always be used for anal sex. The anus has no natural lubrication so using lubricant will reduce the chance of the condom tearing or bursting. Make sure you always use a water based lubricant. Lubricant can be used during vaginal sex if dryness is an issue.

You can use our lubricants with both latex and latex free condoms. Please note that some types of lubricants are oil based (for example baby oil, massage oil and petroleum jelly) and will destroy latex condoms. 

The following products are available:

Clear Lubricant: 

Light Lube is a water based formula for gentle lubrication.  Clear, odourless and non-staining, it is long lasting and can be reactivated with a few drops of water.  CE approved. 100% Paraben free.

(12 sachets in sealed white bag)

 

Opaque Lubricant:

TLC Lube is a water and silicone based formula for lasting lubrication.  Opaque, odourless and non-staining, it is long lasting and can be reactivated with a few drops of water.  Also contains skin soothing properties.  CE approved.  100% Paraben free.

(12 sachets in sealed white bag)

How To Use A Male Condom

We would like to thank NHS Highland for their kind permission to use this video.

Open this for important infromation!

Always handle the condom carefully and remove from the foil with care. If the condom or the foil show any visible signs of damage do not use.

Store in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight.  Carrying condoms in your wallet or back pocket is not advisable.

Some medications applied to the penis, anus or vagina may damage condoms, so check with your doctor or pharmacist.

A condom should never be used for a second time. It will not offer the same protection against pregnancy and STIs if it has been used before and the risk of breakage is higher.

Do not use oil-based lubricants such as baby oil, petroleum jelly, body lotions, massage oils, butter, etc. as they can damage latex condoms. If additional lubrication is desired, use a water-based lubricant.  It is recommended to use additional lubrication if vaginal dryness is an issue or for anal sex to minimise the risk of a condom breaking or coming off.  If a condom is used for anal sex please make sure that plenty lubricant is used and the condom is changed frequently.

Please consider the environment when disposing of condoms.  Condoms should be wrapped in a tissue, and disposed of in a domestic waste bin.  Flushing them down the toilet may cause plumbing problems.  The plastic and foil wrappers condoms are packaged in are biodegradable.  However, the benefits condoms offer are widely considered to offset their small landfill mass.

If you have unprotected sex or you feel that the condom has failed you could be at risk of sexually transmitted infections, HIV or an unintended pregnancy.  Any risk will depend on the kind of sex you have had (vaginal, anal, oral, sharing sex toys etc). Contact your Sandyford Service or GP for emergency advice as soon as possible, preferably within the first 24 hours. 

How to Use a Female Condom

Check the expiry date (within the right hand fold of the packet). Open the package carefully by tearing downwards from the notch on the top right of the package.  Do not use teeth, scissors, a knife or any other sharp instruments to open.

Before using the female condom, rub it between your fingers in order to spread the lubrication around evenly. The outer ring at the open end of the female condom stays on the outside of the vagina. The inner ring, at the closed end of the condom, is used for insertion and to hold the condom in place during sex.

The female condom can be put in place up to 8 hours before sex takes place. The female condom is not difficult to use but it can take some practice to get used to it. You can practice putting one in and removing it before using it for the first time with a partner. Click here for a step by step guide

 

 

General Advice on Lubricant use

  • DO NOT add lubricant to the inside of the condom
  • DO NOT apply lubricant on the penis before putting on the condom.
  • Any oil based product, including baby oil or Vaseline, can damage the condom causing it to split or tear.
  • Lubricant is only advised for vaginal sex when vaginal dryness is an issue.
  • Lubricant is always advised for anal sex.

Water based lubricant is available from the Free Condoms scheme and is provided in 10ml sachets. You will receive 12 sachets in each pack. You can use our lubricants with both latex and latex free condoms. 

General advice regarding anal sex

  • Lubricant is always advised for anal sex
  • Use plenty of water based lubricant on both the condom (the whole shaft not just the tip) and the anus.
  • It is recommended that people change to a fresh condom after every half hour of anal sex.

 

 

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