Getting used to condoms can take a little practice, but don’t worry it doesn’t take long before they start to feel like an essential part of your sex life. Find out more about how to use a condom:
Always choose condoms that carry the European CE mark, a recognized safety standard. DO NOT use novelty condoms – they’re not safe.
Always put the condom on well before you start to have penetrative sex (where the penis enters the vagina or anus).
Use a new condom every time.
If you are having a long sex session, change condoms after a while.
Never use two condoms together – whether that is two male condoms or a female and a male condom.
Heat can damage condoms so store them in a cool, dry place.
Check the expiry date – condoms don’t last forever.
How to wear condom correctly
Buy condoms before going on holiday to avoid problems with language and availability.
For anal sex always use plenty of water-based lubricant such as KY jelly, Clinigel, Sensel or pharmacy own brand lubricating jelly.
For oral sex using a condom can protect against many STIs and STDs – try using flavoured condoms for variety.
If you buy condoms online, make sure you get them from a pharmacist rather than from people selling them on eBay or elsewhere.
Most condoms are already lubricated, but using extra lubricant from the chemist can prevent the condom tearing, especially with anal sex. Only use water-based lubricants (like KY jelly, Clinigel, Sensel or pharmacy own brand lubricating jelly) on latex condoms – never oil-based lubricants or baby oil as they can damage your condom.
Sex can feel better if you place a drop of lubricant in the tip of the condom before putting it on your penis. This is called ‘gel-charging’.
Condoms containing Nonoxynol 9 should not be used for anal sex or by women who have lots of vaginal sex every day, such as those working in the sex industry.
FIRST TIME – How to wear a condom?
Put the condom on when the penis is erect, before there is any contact between the penis and your partner’s body. Fluid released from the penis during the early stages of an erection can contain sperm and organisms that can caused STI”s.
Tear along one side of the foil, being sure not to rip the condom inside.Carefully remove the condom.
Air trapped inside a condom could cause it to break. To avoid this, squeeze the closed end of the condom between your forefinger and thumb and place the condom over the erect penis.Be sure that the roll is on the outside.
While still squeezing the closed end, use your other hand to unroll the condom gently down the full length of the penis. Make sure the condom stays in place during sex; if it rolls up, roll it back into place immediately.If the condom comes off, withdraw the penis and put on a new condom before intercourse continues.
Soon after ejaculation, withdraw the penis while it is still erect by holding the condom firmly in place. Remove the condom only when the penis is fully withdrawn.Keep both the penis and condom clear from contact with your partner’s body.
Dispose of the used condom hygienically. Wrap the condom in a tissue and place it in a bin (do not flush it down the toilet).NEVER USE A CONDOM MORE THAN ONCE.
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Disclaimer: It is strongly recommended to consult your doctor for professional advice. Above mentioned information and recommendations are just general and should be adapted to each person according to personal health indicators and status.