How to use a condom properly
Could you be using a condom the wrong way and not even know it? According to Planned Parenthood, over 40% of men that use condoms do not use condoms correctly. It may seem like a simple process, but if not done correctly it can have dire consequences. Make sure you know how to use a condom before having sex. Proper condom usage prevents viral STD Transmission such as HIV, Herpes and Hepatitis B as well as bacterial STD’s chlamydia, gonorrhea, trichomoniasis, and syphilis. In addition, proper condom use is an extremely effective birth control method. Follow these 8 simple steps below to make sure you are using condoms correctly.
How to Use a Condom Instructions
Follow these 8 simple steps for proper condom use
Step 1: Choose a New Condom
Always use a new condom for each sex act
Step 2: Check Expiration Date
Check the expiration date on the condom. Never use a condom that is expired.
Step 3: Open Condom Package
Open the package being careful not to damage the condom.
Step 4: Prepare the Condom
Squeeze the tip of the condom so that there is no air inside.
Step 5: Place Condom on Penis
While holding the tip of the condom, place the condom on the tip of the erect penis.
Step 6: Roll the Condom Downward
Gently roll the condom down to the base of the penis. If the condom will not unroll it may be expired or on backwards. Discard it and use a new condom.
Step 7: After Intercourse Remove Penis
Remove the penis immediately after ejaculation while still erect. This will prevent any semen from leaking.
Step 8: Removal and Dispose of Condom
Remove condom and dispose of in the trash. Do not flush down the toilet.
Know How to Use a Condom
Maybe you recently saw this video of a Brazilian teacher showing her students how to put on a condom with her mouth. While we agree that’s pretty impressive, its not the recommended method. And where was she when we were in school? Putting on a condom is not a complicated process. However, if not done correctly it could have disastrous consequences such as contracting a STI/STD or an unwanted pregnancy. Follow these tips for how to use a condom and to make sure you are playing it safe.
There are a few key steps to follow when using a condom. If these steps are not followed properly, it can decrease the effectiveness of the condom and put you at risk for STD’s/STI’s and unwanted pregnancy. First, make sure the condom you are using is not damaged or expired. If it is, discard and use a new one. You want to make sure you are applying the condom to an erect (hard) penis. This needs to be done before any sexual contact has been made between the penis and the other partner (mouth, genital, anal or other areas). Next, make sure the condom is ready to roll on the right way. The rim should be on the outside so that it rolls down the penis. If you accidently start to put it on backwards, discard and use a new condom. You could have exposed the outside of the condom to pre-ejaculate (pre-cum). DO NOT turn the condom over and continue to use it. Then you will want to pinch the tip of the condom to make room for the semen and unroll the condom all the way down the shaft of the penis. Most condoms should have some lubrication already on it. However, it’s recommended that you apply extra lubrication before intercourse. This will help keep the latex from drying out and from ripping or tearing. In addition, it will increase the pleasure of sex for both partners. Always use a water or silicone base lubricant. NEVER use a petroleum based lubricant. The petroleum will actually cause the latex condom to break down and expose microscopic opening that will cause it to be ineffective. After you ejaculate (cum) hold onto the base of the condom to ensure it doesn’t slip off and then remove from your partner. This will ensure that no semen slips out. Lastly, remove the condom and throw it in the garbage. Do not, flush it down the toilet. It can clog the pipes and cause quite a mess.
Tips for Using Condoms
Now you know the proper way to use a condom. Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind. Make sure to keep your condoms in a cool and dry place. Exposing them to excessive heat can cause damage to the condoms. So, never keep them in your car where temperatures can exceed 100 degrees in the summer. Also, you don’t want to handle or move the condoms too much either. They should never be kept in your wallet for this reason. Before using a condom always check the expiration date. If it is expired, throw it out and use a new one. Its not worth the risk. You also want to make sure to have a supply handy. Many people report using 2-3 condoms per sexual encounter. You never want to find yourself in a situation where you need a condom and don’t have one. Consider signing up for a condom subscription club where you get automatic shipments. Ensuring you never run out or forget to pick some up at the store. Like we have stated earlier, be sure to have plenty of lubrication at hand. This increased the safety of the condom while also making the sex more enjoyable for both partners. And don’t forget to have fun with it! Have your partner help you with applying the condom and make it part of your foreplay. It’s always best to keep things sexy AND safe. Read more about the Top 10 Condom Mistakes here.
What to do if a Condom Rips
On rare occasions condoms can rip or tear. To help prevent this, always make sure that proper lubricant is used. Latex condoms can cause dryness during sex, especially if you are having sex for an extended amount of time. Water or silicone based lubricant is always recommended as it helps both partners to enjoy sex more, and it makes condoms use safer. However, if you do experience a rip or tear, remove the penis from your partner immediately. Discard the condom and apply a new condom with lubrication before resuming sex.
How to Dispose of a Used Condom
Always dispose of your used condoms in the trash. Never flush them down the toilet. This can cause the pipes to clog and can cause a huge mess. After using a condom don’t leave it laying around. Pets have been know to get ahold of condoms and choke causing harm or sometimes even death. We don’t want that for our fur babies so always be responsible and dispose of your condoms safely in the trash.