Hey guys, so this may come as second nature to some of you, but for those who may not be sure- it is highly important for you to make sure you and/or your partner are putting on a condom the CORRECT way, or else you can run the risk of your condom not working it’s magic properly. Make sure you follow these steps next time you’re getting down & dirty:
When properly used, latex condoms are intended to prevent pregnancy, HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections.
Use a new condom for each act of sex.
Tear open the package carefully. Do not use fingernails, teeth, scissors, or anything that can damage the condom.
Before any sexual contact, place the condom on the head of the erect penis with the rolled side out.
Leave an empty space at the end of the condom to collect semen. Remove any remaining air by gently squeezing the tip of the condom to avoid breakage.
Lesions, pre-ejaculate secretions, semen, vaginal secretion, saliva and blood can all transmit infectious organisms.
Unroll or pull the condom all the way to the base of the erect penis. If the condom doesn’t unroll easily, it may be on backwards, damaged or too old. Throw it away and start over with a new condom.
Immediately after ejaculation, hold the rim of the condom in place and withdraw the penis while it is still erect. Avoid spilling semen.
Dispose of a used condom by wrapping it in a tissue and throwing it into the trash. Wash your hands, genitals and surrounding areas with soap and water.
- Do not reuse condoms.
- Store latex condoms in a cool, dry place (below 100°F) and avoid exposure to direct sunlight.
- If the latex material is sticky, brittle or obviously damaged, do not use the condom.
- If the color is uneven or changed, do not use the condom.
- Make sure there is adequate lubrication. If you add lubricant, use a water based lubricant. DO NOT USE OIL-BASED LUBRICANTS, such as those made with petroleum (e.g. Vaseline®), mineral oil, vegetable oil or cold cream, as these will damage the condom.
- Some topical medicines may affect the efficacy of latex condoms on contact. Please consult a physician or pharmacist for advice prior to use.
- Make sure you pay attention to the expiration date printed on the condom wrapper. Do not use an expired condom.
- If you have any questions about birth control options, particularly because of health reasons or for avoiding pregnancy, please consult a health care provider.