How to use a condom
Tear one corner of the foil wrapper and squeeze the opposite end to remove
the condom. Although strong, condoms can be torn by sharp fingernails or
jewellery, so take extra care when handling them.
Always dispose of a condom hygienically and with care, not down a toilet.
Wrap the condom in a tissue and dispose of it carefully in a waste bin.
Many people believe that when a condom breaks it is due to their condom being faulty - However the condoms are heavily tested before being put on sale. The main reason for condom breakage is often down to improper storage or use
Storing your condoms correctly is essential preparation for that rampant session ahead - Always make sure they are in a cool place away from direct sunlight, as heat and direct sunlight can cause the latex to deteriorate.
Check the expiry date on the packet before you make a date with your partner - All condoms will have an expiry date printed on the foil's, and if the date has expired, discard it for one that is still in date.
Your partner will check your appearance, so be sure to check your condom foils appearance before use - Always check the condom foil is not damaged in anyway. Sharp objects such as keys could damage the foil, with the potential risk of damaging the condom. If the foil appears damaged, or the condom feels brittle or too dried out, then it is safer to use a new condom instead.
Adding lubricants can be a joy, but beware as some can destroy - Latex is a very strong material that provides an additional sensual feeling when used with lubricants, however not all lubricants are suitable. When using latex condoms always use a water based lubricant such as KY or Sutherland Jelly. Never use an oil based lubricant as they can deteriorate the latex within minutes.
Do NOT use any of the following with condoms
- Baby oil
- Massage oil
- Any oils (including, sunflower, vegetable, butter, margarines, suntan lotions)
- Body creams
- Hand cream
- Some lip sticks contain oil
- Other things you need to be aware of are any sharp objects, teeth, finger nails, jewellery, piercings.
This article published on
08 February 2006
Next review date 01/02/2013
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