Do you have any tips on how to buy condoms discreetly? —by Anonymous
Lots of teens purchase condoms at a local pharmacy or grocery store, some might use an online store or service (though that would mean your parents could see a credit card bill) and other get condoms from the local clinic.
Mostly, the best way to buy condoms so as not to draw attention to yourself—which I think is what you mean by discretely—is to just act normal! Most pharmacists and cashiers, and definitely the health center workers, have sold condoms many times. You’re definitely not the first for them. And the less you act like it’s a big deal, the less they should, too. Chances are they won’t even remember you after they hand you your receipt.
Buying condoms is smart and responsible, you’re taking control of your sexual health! It can seem embarrassing, but you’re planning to practice safer sex and that’s something to be proud of.
I hope this helps.
If you’re in the UK, check out if there’s a Condom Card scheme near to you! Search online for “C card” or “condom card” along with your town/area.
A C-card is a way of getting free condoms from lots of different places. You don’t even have to say what it is you’re after (i.e. condoms! :)) - you can just show your card at any outlet which is in the scheme, and you’ll be given condoms in discreet packaging. C-card logos don’t use the word “condom” either, so no worries that anyone going through your purse or wallet will see the card and immediately know what it’s for. :)
To sign up for a C-card scheme, you just have to have a consultation with a sexual health specialist, who can answer any questions you have about sexual health or anything else that’s bothering you, and get you some useful info on contraception, sexual health, and safety.
Any organisation that wants to set up a C-card scheme can download brilliant guidance from Brook and Public Health England here!
If you’re near a Brook service, or any other sexual health and contraception clinic, you can get free condoms from there, too. No need for embarrassment! :)
this is incredible!