What is Condoms By Post?

During the Coronavirus outbreak we are testing a postal condom service for young people, aged 14-18. Please note this service is only available to people who live in Tayside. If your address is not in Tayside, your order will not be processed.

We want to ensure that young people can access condoms safely, in a supportive setting.

In order to do this, we have provided you with links and information on the law around ‘underage sexual activity’ you can see them in the section below.

We encourage you to have a look at all of the information on this page. If you have any questions or queries about any of the topics mentioned, remember you can ask questions, confidentially at Cool2Talk.

Once you’ve read through this page you can place an order for condoms and lube and we will get them delivered straight to your door, via Royal Mail.

We want to make this process as easy as possible, while still making sure people are safe.

The Government are asking everyone in the country to limit the amount of contact they are having with other people. The rules state that people, from different households, must stay at least 2 metres away each other.
It can be really difficult and frustrating, not being able to be with people we are close to, but it is really important if we all want to protect ourselves and those around us.
There’s currently no evidence that this coronavirus can be passed on through sexual contact but it certainly is spread through close physical contact (e.g. being within two metres of someone puts you at increased risk). The virus can be passed on through direct contact with saliva or mucus, so this would include kissing. Condoms won’t protect you against COVID-19.
 

For in-depth information about Sex and COVID-19, Visit BISH UK’s info page.

Safer Sex and Covid-19

Why Use Condoms?

Male condoms cover the penis and can stop STIs and pregnancy. If used correctly, condoms can help prevent transmission of sexually transmitted infections such as, Gonorrhoea, Chlamydia and blood borne viruses such as HIV.

Female condoms are inserted into the vagina, before sex. You can find out more about them in the “What’s Available?” section below.

Male Condoms are 98% effective and Female Condoms 95% effective in preventing pregnancy if used correctly and consistently. However condoms can split, burst or come off if they don’t fit correctly.

Sex, The Law & Young People

Before you order condoms, we want to make sure you have all the information you need and are aware of the support which is out there for you.

Cool2Talk is a great website where you can find lots of information, from Alcohol to Young carers, and everything in between.

You can post a question which is answered within 24 hours, by a real person. They also have an online counselling service for young people. You can access it by clicking HERE.

The law around sex can be confusing, so Cool2Talk have created this, really clear explanation of consent.

Consent, Rights & Responsibilities

Remember:

 

  • Positive sexual experiences are mutually consensual, respectful and enjoyable.
  • Consensual sexual activity means feeling safe and happy.
  • You need consent every time you engage in sexual activity whether you’re with someone you have just met, or in a relationship.
  • If someone changes their mind and no longer gives consent you must stop what you are doing immediately.
  • No one can ever give consent for somebody else.
  • Consent is freely given, not as a result of pestering, wearing someone down or making someone feel like they ‘owe’ something. Never try to persuade, pressure or encourage someone into doing things they do not want to do.

 

Relationships can be as varied, as the people who have them, but what makes a ‘Healthy’ relationship?

Find out more below.

Healthy Relationships

If you’d like to take a quiz to check how healthy your relationship is, click here.

Relationship Quiz

“Act on it” is all about giving you information and advice so that you don’t find yourself in an unsafe relationship. They have loads of resources, information and people’s stories.

Some examples of qualities of  healthy relationships:

  • people feel safe, equal, respected and happy, they care about what each other want;
  • people don’t put pressure on anyone else and it’s as easy to say no as to say yes; and
  • people don’t do things that make others feel uncomfortable, anxious or scared.

 

The law is there to protect young people from abuse and harm. Young people have the right to access support and advice on their sexual health, find out more below.

Sex and the Law

Condoms burst, pills get missed or we have sex without a condom and regret it later.
Luckily, it’s possible to get emergency contraception that will work to stop pregnancy after you’ve had sex.

This page has everything you need to know about getting emergency contraception in Tayside.

Unprotected sex/condom failure

How Do I Use Them?

  • Make sure your condom has the British Standard Kitemark (this means the condom has been safety tested) or the CE European standard mark (meaning the factory has been tested).

  • Check the expiry date of the condom.

  • Open the package carefully (don’t use your teeth!)

  • Make sure the tip is pointing up and the ring is on the outside.

  • Pinch the tip and keep it pinched as you place the condom on the erect penis or sex toy.

  • Place the condom on an erect penis or sex toy and roll it as far down as it will go.  

  • The condom should be removed before the penis has totally lost the erection otherwise the contents may spill out.
  • When finished, hold on to the bottom of the condom when withdrawing the penis, this stops the condom slipping off.

  • Make sure no semen spills out by tying a knot in the condom. Put it in a bin, not the toilet.

  • If you have sex again, use a new condom.

Con-Do's & Con-Don'ts

  • DO Remember you can get Emergency Contraception if a condom breaks or you have sex without using a condom.  You can get Emergency Contraception from your pharmacy or GP free of charge.
  • DO Use a water based lubricant If you are having anal sex, if you or your partner have vaginal dryness. Condoms are more likely to burst if there is a lot of friction. You can get this at any sexual health service or CCard/condom outlet
  • DO Practice using condoms (if /when you masturbate) if you’re new to using them
  • DO Try different brands and styles to see what feels & fits best for you.
  • DO Carry fresh condoms with you all the time – it’s great to be prepared!
  • DO Check the expiry date before you put one on.
  • DO Put the condom on before the action starts!
  • DO Use a flavoured condom for oral sex!
  • DO Put a new condom on each time you switch between oral, vaginal and anal sex.
  • DO Use condoms on sex toys and change them- especially if you’re sharing toys.
  • DON’T Flush used condoms down the toilet. Nobody wants to find a condom on the beach, and fish don’t want them in the ocean!
  • DON’T Keep condoms in hot places like your car glove-box or wallet.
  • DON’T Use more than one condom at a time. More condoms doesn’t mean more protection!
  • DON’T Use condoms that are past their expiry date – they might not keep you safe from STIs and unwanted pregnancy.
  • DON’T Use any oil-based products as lube – this means baby lotion, lipstick, suntan lotion, moisturisers and body cream, cooking oils and Vaseline. They may damage the condom.
  • DON’T Use animal skin condoms – they don’t protect against STIs. If you have an allergy to latex you should try polyurethane/non-latex condoms instead.
  • DON’T Use a condom more than once. It’s a one-time deal!

The CCard Scheme

Once the COVID pandemic comes to an end, have a think about using the CCard Scheme. The CCard Scheme, allows you to get condoms in the way that suits you best!

We have THREE different ways you can access FREE condoms:

  1. You can have a physical, plastic ‘CCard’. By visiting one of the registration or  ‘UNLOCK’ points, you can get free condoms and ask for a CCard. The CCard will show the next person you get condoms from, that you have had a chat about condoms at one of our outlets. You can use it at any outlet on the map.
  2. You can download our app and get a CCard on your phone. Click Here to go to our CCard page and download the app for your phone.  Then, head along to one of the PURPLE  ‘UNLOCK’ points on the map! It works the same as the card.
  3. Ask for condoms, but tell them you don’t want to join and don’t want a CCard.  “Just the Johnnies thanks!”  There are loads of great reasons to get a CCard (free condoms, for one) but if you don’t want one, nobody will force you.

What's available?

Finding the right condom for you is essential. The right size, shape and material (latex/non-latex) is really important if you want your condom to be as comfortable as possible.

These are a natural fitting condom, shaped to fit at the head of the penis to be more comfortable.

 

Flavoured and coloured for tasty fun. Flavours include Mint Tingle (green), Strawberry Crush (red), Chocolate Temptation (brown) and Blueberry Blast (blue).

 

If you find that standard condoms are a loose fit you can try out our trim fit condoms. These are designed to provide a closer fit – getting the size right is important to make sure the condom doesn’t slip.

 

Female condoms (non-latex) are lubricated sheaths which are worn inside the vagina. The female condom has a ring at each end. The inner ring at the closed end is inserted into the vagina and helps keep the condom in place during sex. The ring at the open end stays outside the vagina.

 

 

This non-latex condom is made from is extremely strong and durable material and offers a very high level of protection.

This condom can be safely used by people with a latex allergy. Its unique packaging is easy to open and ensures the condom will always be the right way up.

Lightly lubricated for your comfort, it is safe to use any water and most oil-based lubricants with these condoms.

Lube comes in 5 ml sachets and can be used with all of the condoms above. Definitely recommended for anal sex!

Condoms by Post: Order Here!

The condoms by post service is free and confidential.

Please note:

  • This serice is available to Tayside residents only.
  • The MAXIMUM number of condoms/lubrication supplied in any one order will be 24 (with the exception of Latex Free and Femidoms which are limited to 12 per order).
  • Due to high demand orders are limited to one per week.
  • We can only register one user per email address and will only deliver to one registered postal address. 
  • We will do our best to process all orders within 5 working days.

To register for the service please complete the form below clearly stating your Full Name, your email, Address and your order. Fields marked with a * are mandatory.  Please note that this service is not available to people under 14 years of age.

We strongly encourage you to familiarise yourself with the information on the page above.
Practice makes perfect, you could try out your skills on a banana, or something the same shape.
Have a think about discussing this with you parents or carer. Remember, they could find the package when it gets delivered.

 

 

If you would like further information about the service, email us at tay.bbvmcn@nhs.scot

GDPR Statement: Your data is held for use by the Condoms by Post Service only.  We will not contact you for any other reason but we may from time to time include some health promotion material in your order or invite you to provide anonymous feedback on the service. Your email address will be stored to save you from having to provide your full details for every order.  We may confirm receipt and advise when orders are on route via email.  Your email address will not be used for the communication of personal data and we will never share any data. You can ask to have your details removed from this service at any time by email to tay.bbvmcn@nhs.scot

Please note that we will register only one user per email address and will only deliver to one registered address per user. We cannot guarantee delivery of your order if your email or address are not valid or incorrect. If the address in your latest order is different from the one you registered with, you will be contacted for clarification.