The Family Planning Council of Iowa recognizes the value and importance of addressing the reproductive and sexual health needs of men. We believe that males should not be viewed solely as partners of female clients, but as individuals with their own health care needs and concerns. All FPCI delegate agencies provide confidential family planning services for males.
These services include:
- General health screening
- STD screening and treatment
- Testicular cancer screening
- Condoms and their proper use
- How to reduce unplanned pregnancies
- How to reduce risky sexual behavior
- How to enhance decision making skills
Do men need to get reproductive health exams too?
It is a good idea for males who are sexually active to be screened for STDs. They can also receive information about condom use and learn how to perform a self testicular exam.
Should men be concerned about family planning?
Men need to understand that pregnancy prevention is the responsibility of both partners in a relationship and that children benefit from the support of both parents.
Be a responsible partner. Many men have sex without even considering using a condom. You should not assume that your partner is using some type of birth control. Using condoms allows you to take responsibility toward reducing unwanted pregnancies and spreading sexually transmitted diseases. A condom can actually save your life.
How Do I Use a Condom?
- Put on a new condom as soon as your penis gets hard and erect.
- Leave a half-inch of space at the end of the condom to catch semen.
- Pinch the tip to keep air out.
- Unroll the condom to the base of the penis with the opposite hand.
After ejaculation, withdraw your penis while it is still erect. Hold the condom firmly against the base of the penis to prevent slippage and leakage of semen.
Check the condom for visible damage such as holes. Then, wrap it in tissue and discard.
- Condoms should be stored in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight.
- Check the expiration or manufacturer's date on the box or individual package of condoms.
- Condoms in damaged packages or that show obvious signs of deterioration should not be used regardless of their expiration date.
(Reprinted with permission from the Indiana Family Health Council, Inc.)
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