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.

The condom should only be put on when the penis is erect and before the penis has been in contact with your partners genitals. The condom can be put on by yourself or your partner.


Hold the closed end to ensure most of the air is removed (excess air trapped inside could cause the condom to break.) With the other hand, carefully roll the condom to the base of the penis, making sure the roll is on the outside
If the condom comes off, then a new condom will need to be used. Never use a condom more than once. Soon after love-making withdraw the penis, holding the condom firmly at the base. When the penis is completely withdrawn, remove the condom and keep both the penis and the condom away from your partner's body.

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.

Condom Care
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
  • Moisturisers
  • Hand cream
  • Some lip sticks contain oil
  • Other things you need to be aware of are any sharp objects, teeth, finger nails, jewellery, piercings.

Further information

This article published on
08 February 2006

Next review date 2/1/2013


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