Please note Sandyford clinics will be shut on Monday 28th September 2020 for public holiday.
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.
Use our secure online form to order what you need directly and discreetly delivered to your home. Anywhere in the NHS GGC area.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How To Use A Male Condom
We would like to thank NHS Highland for their kind permission to use this video.
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
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