Where Can I get free Condoms?
The Swansea C-Card scheme is a confidential service for young people, aged 13-25. It provides a safe place to talk about relationships, sexual health information and advice and get free condoms (You may need to prove your age using a PASS logo ID card or passport). The scheme is co-ordinated by Info-Nation, the City and County of Swansea's Youth Information Service and Swansea Public Health Team and is available from a number ...of locations across Swansea. You can access the scheme at Info-Nation Monday to Friday (12.30-4.30pm). Simply ask for a chat with a member of staff. The scheme is also available at sites across Swansea. For more info visit the Swansea C-Card Facebook page Click here for a map of C-Card outlets and details of sexual health services in Swansea for young people.
Condoms can prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and protect you from pregnancy. If you don’t use condoms you’re taking a risk. It’s important to start a discussion with your partner about using condoms – the responsibility for keeping safe lies with both of you. It can be a bit difficult, especially if you don’t know someone well, to bring up the subject of using condoms. Condoms protect you from most STIs.
How do I use Condoms?
If you’re thinking of having sex, go along and get Swansea C-Card outlet and ask for a chat. A trained member of the C-Card team will tell you everything you could want to know about condoms and more. This will happen in a private space and you'll get a chance to ask any questions you have. Be prepared for a laugh and a giggle as we will show how they go on using a condom demonstrator, what different types you can get, and how to use them safely.
Is it safe to use lubricants?
Condoms are made of something called Latex, its a bit rubbery so they put a lubricant on the outside to make it slippery. Some times people want to add more lubricant as we are all different shapes and sizes. If you are using an additional lubricant we recommend using a water based lubricant that you get from us, its free and we even do different flavours. Alternatively you can buy it in shops and its normally next to the condoms. Do NOT use anything that's not designed for this as if contains oil it may break the condom. So Vaseline, Baby oil, or similar products are a real NO!
If you’ve had sex without using condoms or other methods of contraception, or you think your contraception may not have worked properly for some reason don’t panic – you can usually prevent pregnancy by using emergency contraception. It important to remember you have to act fast!
How does it work?
Emergency hormonal contraception (EHC) sometimes known as the "Morning after Pill" works in several ways; it may stop the release of an egg (ovulation), stop an egg being fertilised, or stop a fertilised egg from attaching itself to your womb. Its best taken as soon as possible after having unprotected sex but must be taken within 72 hours (3 Days). The sooner its taken the more effective it is!
If you miss the 72 hour deadline, make sure you still try to see a sexual health professional as there are other options out there that can work up to 5 days after unprotected sex.
Remember, emergency contraception does not protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs). So its important you find consider having an STI screening.
Other Types of Contraception
There are loads of different methods of contraception out there and they are free so won't cost you a penny.
The best place to start when looking for contraception is with your GP, however if your not comfortable with this pop in to one of the ABMU sexual health clinics. We will more than happily talk over the options with you at Info-Nation or at one of the C-Card outlets but we are unable to provide it.
For info on the different types click on the link here from the NHS. Also we have loads of info in the centre to pop into Info-Nation.