Condom Use

How To Use a Condom

Condoms, if used properly, are an extremely effective way to prevent infection by HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases. Condoms are available in many shapes, sizes, and colors, but choosing one that is right for your needs is fairly straightforward. A condom should fit snugly, but not be overly tight - if it is too loose, it can easily slip off, but if it is too tight, it is more likely to break.

Putting a condom on

  • Step 1: Check the condition of the condom.
    Condoms have a limited shelf life, and can degrade over time, so check the expiration date on the wrapper. Also, heat and light can weaken a condom, so you shouldn't use a condom that has been exposed to such conditions, even if it hasn't expired. Always inspect the wrapper to make sure it is intact, without any tears or holes in it.

  • Step 2: Open the wrapper.
    Carefully tear open the wrapper at the corner, making sure that you don't also tear the condom.
  • Step 3: Find the outside of the condom.

    A condom has an inside and an outside, and must be put on with the right side out. To determine which side is out, look at the rim of the condom - it should unroll on the outside. If you put the condom on inside out, it will not unroll smoothly, and this can strain the condom and cause breakage. If this happens, throw the condom away and use a new one.

  • Step 4: Squeeze the air out of the reservoir tip and put the condom on.
    Most condoms on the market now come with a reservoir tip. To leave room for ejaculate, pinch the tip so that it does not contain a bubble of air.
    If the condom does not have a reservoir tip, pinch the first half-inch of tip to leave room for ejaculate. While holding the tip with one hand, unroll the condom over the penis with your other hand. If the
    wearer's foreskin is intact, make sure that it is retracted before putting the condom on.
  • Step 5: Unroll the condom to the base of the penis.
    The condom should be unrolled completely so that the rim is at the base of the penis.
  • Step 6: Remove the condom.
    After you are finished having sex, hold the condom against the penis at the base while it is still hard to ensure that the condom doesn't come off when the penis is withdrawn. Taking care not to spill the ejaculate, tie the condom off at the base and dispose of it in the trash.