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How to Put On a Condom in Ten Simple Steps
 
Jan 16, 2016

A condom works by creating a safe barrier during intercourse, that helps to reduce chances of pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections or diseases. Using a condom can be an easy method of birth control, however they are not 100% effective in preventing pregnancy.


Using a condom is a priority when you and your partner want to engage in safe sex practices. Putting on a condom is not very complicated but, if you haven’t practiced you may need a little help. Making sure you know how to use a condom correctly is important for your safe sex. Make sure that you store your condom in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight to ensure it will work properly.


Here are basic steps to ensure proper use and fitting of a condom.


1. Always check the condom before using it. Make sure the expiration date on the condom wrapper is valid, this safeguards it will be effective. If the condom is past the date shown, do not use it. An old and expired condom could tear or fail while being used. Also check that the wrapper doesn’t show any signs of rips or tears, and that the condom is not brittle or discolored.


2. Remember to put the condom on before contact between your penis and your partner’s genitals. Man can produce pre-ejaculate liquid that can contain sperm which can cause pregnancy or some sexually transmitted diseases. Also practice using a condom during oral sex as well.


3. Using the easy tear edges on the packaging, open the condom wrapper. Stay away from sharp objects to confirm you don’t poke holes in the condom. Just tear the edges of the condom covering to open the package safely.


4. Find out which way the condom is rolled, in order to cover your penis. If it’s dark or hard to see this can be difficult to view, but you can find out by feeling with your fingers. To feel which way to unroll the condom with your fingers, start by placing one hand on each side of the condom, then pinch the rolled ring gently between your thumb and finger, carefully roll the condom in one direction. If the condom resists rolling, then you know that’s not the direction you’ll need to unroll it over your penis. If the condom begins to unroll then that is the correct way you need to unwind to properly cover your penis. Be gentle and careful when doing this, you don’t want to loss effectiveness of the condom by completely unraveling it.


5. Check the reservoir at the tip of the condom to make sure it is pointed in the right direction. The reservoir should be located on the outer tip. Make sure it’s oriented in the right way, so the rest of the condom rolls away or down from the reservoir tip.


6. Apply the condom by pinching the entire reservoir tip shut to reduce air pockets inside it while being worn. Removing excess space for ejaculation can help lower the chance of breakage of the condom. Roll the condom on an erect penis. The condom is made to easily unroll downwards. The method used to unroll the condom depends on whether your penis is circumcised or not.


A. For a circumcised penis: Squeeze the reservoir tip shut with one hand, and place the condom alongside the tip of the erect penis. If you need to push any pubic hair you may do so with your other hand. Now, roll the condom down the entire shaft of the penis, very gently. Making sure to smooth out any air bubble that may appear as you unroll the condom.


B. For an uncircumcised penis: Squeeze the reservoir tip shut with one hand, and place the condom alongside the tip of the erect penis. If you need to push any pubic hair you may do so with your other hand. Now, roll the condom partially over the tip of the penis to get started. Then gently pull back the foreskin of the penis, and slide your hand from the reservoir tip downwards to the ring of the condom. Now roll the condom down the entire length of the shaft. Use one hand to hold the bottom of the condom in place at the bottom of the shaft and then push the foreskin forward inside the condom with the other hand. Making sure to smooth out any air bubble that may appear as you unroll the condom.


7. Once the condom has been properly unrolled, you may want to apply and smooth lubricant over the condom if needed. The use of sexual lubrications can help to lower the risk of friction damage to the condom while being used. Many lubrications include spermicide as well to reduce pregnancy risk. Make sure to always use lubrication while engaging in anal intercourse. Remember to use water and silicon based lubricants, which are safe to apply on latex condoms. Water based lubricants are also easier to clean up and don’t stain clothing or sheets. A little goes a long way with lubricants, don’t over apply it.


8. Check the condom intermittently during use and make sure to replace the condom if you are switching between vaginal and anal intercourse. This will help reduce any possible infections that may arise when going back and forth during intercourse. If the condom breaks during use replace it immediately.


9. Remove the penis from the condom immediately after ejaculation. You can do so by holding the bottom of the condom to prevent any slipping, while pulling the condom off from the tip of your penis safely. Make sure to remove the condom from an erect penis and not waiting to remove it which can allow the condom to fall off.


10. Tie the open end in a knot to prevent unwanted spilling. Now you can wrap the used condom in tissue or toilet paper. Then, throw the condom away in a trash can. Don’t flush a condom down the toilet as many septic tanks cannot handle them being disposed this was and will lead to the toilet clogging.


Please put on a condom during intercourse of any kind. This will help to lower pregnancy risks and chances of sexually transmitted decrease. If you need to practice using a condom first, an item like a banana or cucumber are frequently used for demonstration purposes. Making sure you know how to use a condom correctly is an important part of safe sex practices for both partners involved.

 
 

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