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How to put on a condom

Check the expiration date. Do not use an expired condom.

How to put on a condomBe careful not to tear the condom accidentally with a fingernail or your teeth when opening the package.

Leave some space at the tip of the condom to hold the ejaculate (cum). Be sure to squeeze the air out of the tip of the condom by pinching it as you put it on, so there is no air between the penis and the condom. Air left in the tip can cause the condom to break.

Place the condom against the tip of the penis and unroll the condom all the way over the erect penis. The rolled ring should be on the outside of the condom. If the condom does not unroll easily, it may be upside down. If you find you are rolling it on incorrectly, throw it away and get another condom.

If the penis is uncircumcised, pull the foreskin back before putting on the condom.

If the condom breaks or falls off before ejaculation, stop and put on a new condom. Also, use a new condom if you want to have sex again or if you want to have sex in a different place (for example, in the anus and then in the vagina).

Keep the condom on until after intercourse or after the male cums. Take the condom off while the penis is still hard. Grab the condom at the base of the penis and hold it as the penis is withdrawn to prevent the condom from slipping or leaking semen.

When removing the condom, check it for breakage, holes or leakage. If the condom broke, leaked or fell off, tell your partner. Emergency contraceptives may prevent pregnancy if taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex. However, condoms rarely break if they are used properly.

Wrap the used condom in a tissue and throw it in the garbage. Do not flush condoms down the toilet because they can clog it.

How to put on a condom

Female condoms

Dental dams

Condom do’s and don’ts

How to talk with your partner about condoms and safer sex


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