Condom is usually made up of thin rubber (latex) designed or is made of polyurethane to cover the penis sheath at closed one end that is inserted intra vaginally during sexual intercourse for contraceptive purpose or as a means of preventing sexually transmitted diseases. Condoms should be safe, effective, user-controlled, nonprescription, easy to use and relatively cheap. The quality of the four different brand of condoms available in the local market was evaluated using standards given by international standards organization (ISO), such as; Bursting volume and pressure (inflation), width, length, thickness, electrical hole test, package integrity, lubricant quantity were done for each brand of condoms. The result showed that all sample of condoms have fulfilled the standards requirement set by ISO 407 and that all four brands of condom which is marketed in Addis Ababa Ethiopia are of safe, effective for the use.
Keywords: Condom, Latex, Polyurethane, ISO