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How To: Put on a Condom Correctly

Crash Course

Published: Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Updated: Monday, January 18, 2010

Step 1: Make sure your condom is not past its expiration date and gently squeeze the packet to make sure that it is airtight. If it is not airtight then holes may have been made in the condom, thus making it ineffective.

Step 2: Open the condom carefully on the side, with you hands and never your teeth, and pull it out of the wrapper. If there is any tear anywhere on the condom throw it away and get a new one.

Step 3: Before you put on the condom make sure you’re rolling it down the right way. An easy way to tell is by pinching the tip of the condom with your thumb and index finger and then brushing your middle finger outwards toward the edge. If you feel a ridge then the condom is going on the right way. If your finger glides easily off then it’s the wrong way.

Step 4: Pinch the tip of the condom as you roll it down the erect penis. It’s essential you pinch the top because this will act as a reservoir for the semen when the man ejaculates. If you don’t pinch the top it will be full of air when you place it on the penis and more likely to break when the man ejaculates.

Step 5: After sex, carefully remove the condom from the penis while it’s still erect. You may wish to grab a tissue for any residue. Then throw the condom away. Do not reuse condoms.

Tips for your health:

If the condom breaks at any time stop what you are doing and get another one.

Never use baby oil, Vaseline, or any other oil based product on Latex condoms. This will break down the latex causing it to tear. Use only water-based lube.

Don’t put two or more condoms on for “double protection.” This will actually lead to an increased chance of the condoms tearing and thus becoming useless.

Lube helps things go easier and prevents the condom from breaking during sex. Use some!

Condoms should be used during oral sex. Why else do you think they make flavored ones?

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