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The Right Way to Use a Male Condom

February 19, 2016

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Condom Dos and Don'ts
  • DO use a condom every time you have sex.
  • DO put on a condom before having sex.
  • DO read the package and check the expiration date.
  • DO make sure there are no tears or defects.
  • DO store condoms in a cool, dry place.
  • DO use latex or polyurethane condoms.
  • DO use water or silicone-based lubricant to prevent breakage.
  • DO remember that condoms come in many sizes and thicknesses, so find a brand that works best for you and your partner.
  • DON'T store condoms in a car or keep them in your wallet.
  • DON'T use nonoxynol-9 (a spermicide), as this can cause irritation.
  • DON'T use oil-based products like baby oil, lotion, petroleum jelly, or cooking oil because they will cause the condom to break.
  • DON'T use more than one condom at a time.
  • DON'T reuse a condom.
  • DON'T flush condoms as they may clog the toilet.


How to Put On and Take Off a Male Condom
Carefully open and remove condom from wrapper.

Carefully open and remove condom from wrapper.

Place condom on the head of the erect, hard penis. If uncircumcised, pull back the foreskin first.

Place condom on the head of the erect, hard penis. If uncircumcised, pull back the foreskin first.

Pinch air out of the tip of the condom.

Pinch air out of the tip of the condom.

Unroll condom all the way down the penis.

Unroll condom all the way down the penis.

After sex but before pulling out, hold the condom at the base and withdraw the penis.

After sex but before pulling out, hold the condom at the base and withdraw the penis.

Carefully remove the condom and throw it in the trash.

Carefully remove the condom and throw it in the trash.


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