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    How to Use a Condom

    A condom is placed on a man's penis when he has an erection. If he is uncircumcised, someone must pull the foreskin back (gently) before putting it on. Be careful not to snag the condom with teeth, fingernails, jewelry, etc. – you could easily damage the condom.

    Discard any condom that you think has been damaged.

    For more information regarding the importance of using condoms, see our article:
    Condoms: The Barrier to Bad News.

    Store the condom in a cool, dark place away from heat and petroleum fumes. These can damage the condom so it is not an effective birth control method. Storage
    When you go to use the condom, first check the expiration date. If the condom is expired, crinkly or dry, do not use it! Expiration Date
    If it is within its expiration date, open the condom without using sharp instruments (like scissors) or teeth. Open the package without ripping or tearing the condom. Open condom
    Apply lubricant to the inside tip of condom, which helps avoid breakage and enhances the pleasure for the male. Apply Lube

    Place the condom on the tip of the penis so it will unroll correctly (the condom should unroll outwards).

    Lightly squeeze the tip of the condom (to remove air) as you apply the condom to the head of the penis.

    Roll down condom
    Unroll the condom all the way down to the base of the penis. If you put it on the wrong way, so it won’t unroll, take it off and use another condom. Do not try to reuse the unrolled condom. Roll down

    Then apply lubricant to the outside of the condom (especially if you are using a non-lubricated condom). This will enhance the female’s pleasure

    Next, make sure the condom is free of rips, tears, holes and air bubbles when you are finished putting on the condom. You can run your hand gently down the penis to do this.

    Then check that the condom makes contact with the head of the penis just below the reservoir tip (There should be no more than 1.5cm between the condom and the head of the penis.)

    Apply More Lube

    After the male ejaculates (comes) during intercourse, the male should remove his condomed penis from his partner by holding the condom at the base of the penis.

    To remove the condom, grasp the condom at the base of the penis and gently rolled off.

    The used condom should be tied shut, wrapped in tissue and thrown away in the trash. It should not be flushed down the toilet – serious plumbing problems can occur.

    Roll it off

    Written By: Teens participating in the Summer Wellness Programs
    Reviewed By: Nancy Brown, Ph.D.
    Last Reviewed: October 2013