How to Put On A Condom - Planned Parenthood





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Published on Feb 10, 2011

How to put on a condom and how to use one is an easy process. As one of the many different types of birth control, condoms prevent against both pregnancy and STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) when used correctly. Condoms are also the most common and accessible form of birth control available to everyone without a prescription. If both you and your partner know how to put on and use a condom, it will make using a condom easier, more pleasurable, and will also make the condom more effective.

To learn more about condoms, contact your local Planned Parenthood health center at http://www.plannedparenthood.org/heal... or our website at http://www.plannedparenthood.org/heal...

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Using a latex condom isn't exactly rocket science. Just open the package and put it on, right? Well sure, but there are actually some things you can do to make condoms more effective at preventing pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections.

First of all, condoms can get old and weak in a couple of years, but every condom package has an expiration date. If it's past expiration date, use a newer condom.

The package should be sealed so that when you squeeze it you can feel a little air bubble. If the outside is sticky, damaged, or torn it could mean that the condom is damaged. And that's no good.
Open the package gently with your fingers -- no scissors or a sharp object that could poke a hole through the latex.

Next, you want to pinch the tip of the condom. This gets rid of any air bubble that could cause the condom to break.

Before the condom touches the penis, make sure that it will roll down correctly. If you put it on the wrong way, it won't roll down easily. Roll down the condom to the base of the penis and smooth out any air bubbles, and add lube.

Now, you're ready for intercourse! You don't need my help for that.
After sex, hold the condom against the base of the penis while pulling out. A lot of guys will lose their erection pretty soon after ejaculating. If you wait too long, the penis will get soft and the condom could roll off or semen could spill out. Holding the condom against the penis while pulling out prevents that from happening. Take the condom off away from your partner, tie it closed and you're done.

Congratulations! You just prevented a pregnancy, a sexually transmitted infection, or both.

Let's talk lubrication. Some condoms come lubricated, some don't. Some people like extra lubrication. Lubrication is a good thing, but make sure it's the right kind. Oil based lubricants weaken the latex, making it more likely for the condom to break. So always use a water or silicone based lube.

Not sure if your lube is condom safe? Check out the package or read the ingredient list.

Allergic to latex? Use a non-latex condom.

So let's review: Expiration date, check the package, open gently, pinch the tip, roll correctly, hold the base, tie it off, no oil based lube. I know it sounds like a lot, but if you don't have a lot of experience, you can always practice on yourself ahead of time. Don't have a penis? I'm sure you can find something around the house that will work.

Condoms are available for free at many Planned Parenthood Health Centers. To find the one near you, visit http://www.plannedparenthood.org/?utm... and click on "Find a Health Center."


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