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How To Use a Condom


How To Use a Condom

Rolled condoms

We all know how important it is to use a condom. Condoms offer really good protection from infections, including HIV. It is a good idea to use a condom any time you have anal, oral, or vaginal intercourse.

The main reason that condoms break or don't work is not manufacturers defect. It's because they aren't used properly.

No one is born a condom expert, but with a little practice, that can change.

Difficulty: Average
Time Required: 2 seconds to 20 minutes (for practice)

Here's How:

  1. Check the expiration date. Then squeeze the condom through the package. Do you feel a puff? If so, the condom's good. If it's flat, then it might have been punctured.

  2. Push the condom to the side, through the package. Then carefully rip open the package. Don't use your teeth or scissors. You might tear the condom.

  3. Take the condom out of the package and make sure it is facing the right direction. Does it look like a hat with a brim? (You can see what I mean in the picture on the right). If so, good. If it looks like a beanie with no brim (toque to us Canadians), then it is backwards, and needs to be flipped around before it touches the penis.

  4. These days most condoms come with receptacle or reservoir tips. You can see those in the picture to the right as well. Pinch this and carefully roll the condom over the head of the penis.

  5. Roll the condom all the way to the bottom of the shaft. Make sure there aren't any air bubbles

  6. Do your thing!

  7. After ejaculation, hold the condom at the base and withdraw from your partner.

  8. Tie the condom up and throw it in the garbage.


  1. Use a new condom for for every sex act.

  2. Cuddling after sex can be nice. But not if you are wearing a condom and are still inside your partner. Make sure to pull out as soon as you come, so the condom doesn't slip off inside.

  3. Check the condom during sex to make sure it is still on correctly.

  4. If you are using a latex condom, never use an oil-based product, like Vaseline®, moisturizer or hand cream as a lubricant. Only use something water-based, like Astroglide®, or KY-Jelly®

  5. Practice alone, so that you are comfortable using a condom before you need to put one on in the heat of the moment.

What You Need

  • Plenty of condoms (it's never a good idea just to have one!).
  • Water based lube.
  • Patience, in case putting it on takes a bit of time.
  • A sense of humor, in case it slips out of your hands and across the room.

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