These are based upon observations of their use in contraception: studies have shown that 98% of women relying on condoms as their sole form of contraception remain pregnancy free if condoms are used perfectly, meaning that they are used consistently and correctly at every act of sexual intercourse.

You might refer to them as being “fit” or “buff.” For Americans, those two words usually mean someone is super duper in shape, but for Brits, it means that they're just sort of generally hot.

If you think they're really hot, you might call them “well fit” or “well buff.” “Bang tidy” has also been trending lately, thanks to British comedian Leigh Francis' fictional character Keith Lemon.

You've probably progressed to “copping off.” What kinds of activities fall under the heading of “copping off?

” If you like the good ol' fashioned baseball analogy, pretty much anything around second or third base.

Darcy as “well buff.” And yes, it is as magical as you think it is.

You “fancy” them, although not in the Iggy Azalea sense.

It's a little vague, but that's actually kind of a good thing: It means you don't have to drop all the details when you're chatting with your friend about your hookup the night before. You might also use it as an adjective to describe someone who's beyond fit or buff — someone who's totally “shaggable.” Just know that calling someone “shaggadelic” isn't actually a thing (Austin Powers has ruined us for life).

He went out on a few dates with some American women he met online, and got on well with one of them. Of course she was just wanting to formally upgrade their relationship from “dating” to “exclusively dating”. He’d never been in a situation where these things were explicitly stated like this before.

The degree of protection they offer against HIV and STIs is significantly better than any other single prevention method, taken in isolation, other than sexual abstinence or complete mutual monogamy between two people who have tested negative for HIV.

Despite this, the use and promotion of condoms continue to be targets for controversy and criticism, and sexual abstinence and monogamy are often promoted as superior alternatives.

Condoms are, however, the only method on that list that has been shown to protect against STIs as well as pregnancy.