Plenty of things can get you in the mood. Statistics may not top your list, but this one is sexy. Condoms, when used correctly and consistently, are 98% effective in protecting against unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. So, let’s review how to put on a condom correctly.
The first step in using a condom properly is making sure you've got the right one for you and that it’s in good condition. We’ve got all the deets on finding the right fit and guidelines on expiration dates and correct condom storage. Now you can get set and enjoy all the protection you and your partner deserve and need.
How to Put on a Condom
Now that you’ve got the right one, here are the instructions on how to wear a condom.
- Open the condom by tearing the wrapper with your fingers — absolutely no sharp objects please.
- Look at the condom and make sure there are no visible tears or other damage.
- Make sure it’s not inside out. Put the condom on the head of your or your partner’s erect penis, making sure that the rolled up ring is on the outside and that the tip is up. Squeeze the tip gently and hold it while you unroll the condom all the way down to the base of the erect penis. If the condom doesn't unroll, it could be on backward, damaged or too old. Throw it away and start over with a new condom. Don’t be shy, both you and your partner can help with putting on the condom.
- Put it on before you start having sex and keep it on the entire time.
- Avoid oil-based lubes. Many condoms are lubricated. If using your own or additional lube, make sure it’s not oil based; instead use water-based or silicone-based. Oil is damaging to latex condoms.
- Keep the condom on until you ejaculate.
- Remove the condom immediately after ejaculating, by holding it in place and withdrawing the penis while it is still erect.
- Dispose of the used condom by wrapping it in tissue and throwing it in the trash, not in the toilet. Condoms don’t flush well, and the toilets get angry.
- Wash up after you’re done.
Condoms are easy to use and provide effective protection when used properly. They’re the only contraceptive method that also protects from STIs. Safety is sexy, and it’s an important part of pleasure. Let peace of mind and confidence conquer anxiety so you can have your best sex.