Five Easy Steps to using a condom
Make sure to put the condom on before any genital contact or penetration – there can be semen on the penis before ejaculation!
Don’t try to put a condom on if the penis isn’t hard.
- Check the packaging has the CE mark and the condom is within the expiry or ‘use by’ date on the packet.
- Carefully tear open the very top of the pack, making sure the condom is not torn (do not use your teeth) and take out the condom. Be careful with long nails and jewellery!
- Check that it is the right way up, with the roll outside.
- Pinch the teat at the top of the condom to expel and air inside the condom (to stop it bursting) and with the other hand, unroll the condom down the base of the penis, still holding the teat at the top with your other hand.
- Don’t use oil-based lubricants like body lotion – these can make condoms split. Water-based lubricants are specially designed for use with condoms – most pharmacies stock these close to the condom range.
- After sex, withdraw while the penis is still erect, holding the condom at the base of the penis. Then remove the condom, being careful not to spill any of the fluid inside it, and tie a know in it. There will still be semen on the penis, so keep it away from the vagina. Wrap the condom in a tissue and put it in a bin. Don’t flush it down the toilet
Never use a condom or dam after its expiry date. Ensure the condom or dam has a kite or CE mark and never use a condom or dam more than once.