There is an accredited Condom Card Scheme in Powys run by Youth Services, School Nurses and other youth organisations. If you are under 25 and need sexual health advice or condoms, please see the information below.
How effective are condoms?
Male condoms are 86 – 98% effective at preventing pregnancy, as long as they are put on correctly, are in date, have a kite mark or CE mark and have been stored properly so there are no rips in them. They have the added bonus of protecting you against sexually transmitted infections.
What do I do if the condom breaks?
Emergency contraception is available to women who have had unprotected sex. If a condom splits or comes off, you should get emergency contraception as soon as possible. Most people know emergency contraception as the ‘morning after pill’ but it can be taken up to 72 hours after unprotected sex – although the sooner it is taken the more effective it is. Even after 72 hours there are still other options available which can be effective up to 5 days after, so if you’ve had unprotected sex, don’t be put off going for help.
You can get emergency contraception from:
• High street chemists/pharmacies
• Your doctor
• Sexual health clinics
*Other forms of emergency contraception after 72 hours are also available from these places.
A C-Card allows young people under 25 to get free condoms from places displaying the C-Card logo. You can get a C-Card by going to a C-Card Registration site. The person giving you the card will find a quiet, private place to talk to you about relationships, sexual health and how to use condoms. They’ll be happy to answer any questions about your relationships, sexual health or put you in touch with someone who can help you. This will take 20–30 minutes.
Your C-card will just have a unique number which helps us record how many young people are using the scheme. Once you have a C-card you’ll be able to get condoms by showing your card at any place that displays the C-Card logo in Wales.
If you don’t have your card with you or if you’ve lost it you won’t be able to get any condoms until you’ve re-registered or found your card.
School House, Caereinion High School, Llanfair Caerinion, SY21 0HW
Youth & Community Centre
Phone: 07817 175305 for individual sessions.
Machynlleth Youth Centre, Youth Wing, Green Fields, Machynlleth, SY20 8DR.
Phone: 01654 702794
Newtown Youth Centre, Plantation Lane, Newtown, SY19 1LH.
Phone: 01686 629808.
Welshpool Youth Centre, Howell Drive, Welshpool, SY21 7AT.
Phone: 07866 807766 to make an appointment.
Brecon Youth Centre, Cradoc Road, Brecon, Powys LD3 9LG. Phone; 01874 622658.
Builth Youth Club, Riverside Community Centre, Castle Street, Builth Wells, LD2 3BN. Phone; 07901900025.
Crickhowell Youth Centre, New Road, Crickhowell NP8 1AY. Phone; 01873 810996.
Hay on Wye
Hay on Wye Youth & Community Centre, Oxford Road, Hay on Wye, HR3 5BT. Phone; 01497 820771.
Llandrindod Youth Centre, Cadwallader Way, Llandrindod Wells, LD1 6BJ. Phone; 01597 822909.
The purpose of The C-Card Scheme is: