How to put on a condom properly

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Knowing how to put on a condom properly is an important part of ensuring it works. Back at school when you were first taught how to put a condom on, you were probably too embarrassed to actually pay attention to the class. Little did you know that it may have been one of the most important lessons you could’ve learned at school.

If you want to protect yourself from unwanted pregnancy, then knowing how to put a condom on is essential. Plus, condoms are the best defence against a nasty sexually transmitted disease that can wreak havoc. Luckily, putting on a condom is really easy, all you need to do is follow these simple steps…

1. Check the expiration date

Most people aren’t aware that condoms have an expiration date, because they do last a really long time. However, the expiration date can be found on each individual wrapper and needs to be checked before use. It might be best to check the date before things get exciting in the bedroom, as it can be an awkward admin task when you’re in the heat of the moment.

Once the expiration date is checked, you need to open the packaging gently from the serrated edge, ensuring that there are no nicks or cuts in the latex. Sometimes using your teeth or scissors can cut straight through the condom which will stop it being effective, so be careful.

2. Make sure you have it the right way round

Another stumbling block that can confuse people is which way to roll the condom. A condom will only roll down in one direction, so you need to figure out which way that is before approaching the erect penis.

Condoms have a pointy bubble tip that needs to be pinched and held away from the penis so that no air gets trapped inside. Pinch the teat of the condom and place it over the head of the penis, ensuring that an air bubble hasn’t formed. If there is air in the teat, this can create pressure and cause the condom to split so you will need to take it off and try again.

3. Roll the condom down

Now that the condom is sat at the top of the penis, it’s time to roll the condom down to cover the shaft. This stage of the process will only work once the penis is hard, so don’t place it on the penis too early or it will be tricky to roll down.

If you’re struggling to roll the condom down, there is a good chance that it is inside out. Don’t panic, you can still use it as long as it’s not damaged. Simply take it off and place it the other way round. 

4. Lube up

If you find this stage rolling the condom down a little bit uncomfortable, you may want to use some lubricant inside the condom in order to help it slip on more easily.

You can also use a water-based lubricant on the outside of the condom to make sex feel even better for you and your partner.

5. Take the condom off

Once you have had sex, you need to take the condom off safely and avoid spilling any sperm. After you or your partner ejaculates, hold the condom with one hand at the base of the penis and one holding the tip. Whilst the penis is still hard, take the condom off gently and place it in a nearby bin.

Remember, you can only use condoms once, so it’s important to always be stocked up. Browse our full range of condoms to buy some today. 

Alternatively, you can learn how safe and effective condoms are over on our blog.