How to Use a Condom

Jun 11, 2009
Condom is one of the most popular barrier birth control methods for men. It is effective against sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancy, being also convenient, when used correctly.

How to put it on correctly:

  • Make sure that the condom is not expired.
  • Check the integrity of the condom's package.
  • Carefully tear a piece of the package without damaging the condom.
  • Squeeze the teat on the top of the condom with the fingers in order to expel the air bubble.
  • Pull back the foreskin and accurately unroll the condom upon the entire length of the penis down to its base, holding the teat with the other hand.
  • Withdraw after ejaculation, holding the condom at the base of the penis to prevent its slippage.
  • Take the condom off.
  • Tie a knot to prevent the outflow of the semen.
  • Throw the used condom into the waste bin. Don't throw it into the toilet.

Always remember:

  • The condom may be used only once.
  • Never use expired condoms.
  • Don't use condoms if you have doubts about the leakproofness of their package.
  • Don't use scissors or other sharp objects to open the package it may cause the damage of the condom. Keep in mind that it can also be torn by fingernails or jewelry.
  • Put the condom only on a penis in a state of erection. The condom must be evenly stretched, which will prevent it to be torn.
  • The presence of air bubbles in the teat of the condom can cause its breakage during the intercourse.
  • Secretions from the penis on the initial stage of the erection might contain sperm and sexually transmitted infections, such as syphilis, gonorrhea, hepatitis B, HIV. The vaginal secretion can also be a source of infection. Avoid the contact of the penis with the body of the partner until you have the condom on.
  • Don't use oil-based lubricants with the condom, since their use might damage the latex.
  • Take care that the condom is on during the entire intercourse. If it slipped off, use a new one before going on.
  • Most of the condoms are made of natural latex, which may cause allergic reactions for some people. Contact the doctor in case you have experienced unpleasant feelings after using a condom.
  • Keep the condoms in cool dry places.
  • None of the birth control methods guarantees a 100 percent protection from pregnancy or HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. Nowadays, only a correct use of the condoms can significantly lower such risks.