How to Use a Condom
People think they know how to use a condom correctly, but user error is the # 1 reason why condoms fail.
Use a new condom for each act of intercourse. Do not use old brittle condoms that youíve been carrying around with you since your freshman year in high school. Check the expiration date, it should be printed right on the back of every condom wrapper.
If you notice that the condom breaks during intercourse, withdrawal from your partner and put on a new condom. Pay attention! In the heat of passion, you and your partner may not notice if the condom has broken.
Put on the condom as soon as erection (hard-on) occurs and before any sexual contact (vaginal, anal, or oral). Use each condom only once. Do not unroll a condom before putting it on and use condoms on sex toys to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
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- Open the wrapper carefully; being careful not to tear into the condom... sharp fingernails or rough handling can damage the condom. Be sure the package and condom appear to be in good condition. Check the expiration date.
- Squeeze the tip of the condom to eliminate air bubbles as you unroll it to the base of your erect penis. Leaving the tip empty helps reduce the chance of breakage and allows room for the ejaculation fluid (if an air bubble gets caught inside, it could break the condom, so be sure that there is no air trapped).
- Lube it up- adequate lubrication (inside and out) is important, but use only water-based lubricants, such as Wet, Rain, or Astroglide. Oil-based lubricants, such as petroleum jelly, cold cream, hand lotion, or baby oil, can weaken the condom and possibly break.
- After ejaculating withdraw from your partner immediately, holding the condom firmly to keep it from slipping off. Tie the end of the condom and throw it in the trash, donít flush! Condoms are not biodegradable.