Six steps to condom success:
- Step 1Check that the other person actually wants to have sex. Then, check the expiry date of the condom. Expired condoms can break easily, and no one wants that. Also, make sure it’s stated on the packaging that it meets Australian standards.
- Step 2Open the packet carefully; you might be tempted to tear it open in a fit of passion with your teeth, but that could easily damage the condom. Save the biting for later.
- Step 3Hold the tip of the condom to remove any air and roll it down to the base of the erect penis (or sex toy if you’re using one). If it’s hard to roll down, there’s a chance it’s inside out. Such an easy mistake to make – just grab another and start again. Don’t reuse that one as there’s a chance there’s a little pre-cum on it.
- Step 4For sex with more oooo than arrggghhh, put some water-based lubricant on the outside of the condom. This reduces the risk of the condom breaking and also increases the pleasure factor. Don’t use oil-based lubricants such as Vaseline; these can cause the condom to break.
- Step 5When you’re finished, make sure the penis is withdrawn while still erect. Hold onto the base of the condom while you’re withdrawing so it doesn’t slip off and ruin all your good work so far.
- Step 6Remove the condom, tie a knot at the end, wrap it in a tissue and put it in the bin. Easy as.
Remember, it only takes one person to decide to use a condom – and alongside regular STI testing, it’s the only way to enjoy a healthy and confident sex life.
Before you get down to it, here’s where you can buy condoms.
Bonus tip: If you’re sharing sex toys (such as vibrators or dildos) it’s a good idea to use condoms on these too, as sexual fluids and STIs can easily be transmitted between partners.
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How do I use a condom?
The first thing you want to do is make sure your penis is erected (hard) before you roll on a condom. The condom should be put on before it touches your partner’s genital area or their mouth. It should also be worn for the whole duration of having sex. This is the only way to help protect you against pregnancy and STDs (including ones caused by pre-ejaculation).
- Start to peel the wrapper carefully so you do not damage the condom. Do NOT use your teeth or scissors to do this.
- The rim of the condom should be on the outside when you take it out of the package. Do not reverse or flip up the condom while you put it on. You can unroll the condom a little bit to see if it can be easily rolled down.
- Pinch the top part of the condom and place it over the head of your penis. Leave a little space at the top. This allows the sperm to be collected at the top.
- All you have to do now is unroll the condom all the way down to the bottom. You can add a few drops of lubricant to the end of the condom once it is on.
To remove the condom, simply holy the rim of the condom and slowly pull the penis out of your partners body. You would want to do this before your penis goes soft and the condom becomes loose. If this happens, semen can come out of the condom.
Move away from your partner so you don’t get semen on them and remove the condom. Wrap the condom with the original wrapping or with a tissue and throw it in the garbage. Do not flush condoms down the toilet.