How To Put On A Condom Properly

You might think you’ve mastered the art of putting a condom on a partner or yourself after sex ed in school, but when it comes to handling one in real life, things can get complicated. At some point, all of us could probably use a refresher on how to put on a condom, whether we had rad health teachers or were stuck with abstinence-only education.

Because the truth is, according to Planned Parenthood, condoms are only 82% effective when you add in human error (but 98% effective when used properly). And human error is common with condom use — in one study, 25.3% of people reported unrolling the condom before putting it on. Knowing the exact right way to use condoms is important for anyone looking to prevent pregnancy or STI transmission.

Condoms Do's 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 use latex or polyurethane condoms.
  • DO use water-based or silicone-based lubricant to prevent breakage
  • DO make sure there are no tears or defects.
  • DON’T store condoms in your wallet as heat and friction can damage them.
  • 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.

How To Put On and Take Off a Male Condom

The Right Way To Use A Female Condom

Female Condom Dos and Don’ts

  • DO use a female condom from start to finish, every time you have vaginal sex.*
  • DO read the condom package insert and check the expiration date.
  • DO make sure there are no tears or defects.
  • DO use lubricant to help prevent the condom from slipping and tearing.
  • DO store female condoms in a cool, dry place.
  • DON’T use a male condom with a female condom, as this can cause tearing.
  • DON’T reuse a female condom
  • DON’T flush female condoms as they may clog the toilet.

How To Insert and Remove a Female Condom

BombCherryJuice Sex Fact

“Did you know that a woman can get pregnant from a mans Pre-cum”?

Precum (also known as pre-ejaculate) is a small amount of fluid that comes out of the penis when you’re aroused, but before ejaculation happens. It doesn’t usually have any sperm in it. But some people’s precum does have a small amount of sperm in it, sometimes. This means sperm can get into the vagina and possibly fertilize an egg.”

One 2011 study found that, in a sample of 27 cis men, 41% had pre-cum that contained spermatozoa, and for the majority of those cases (37% of all the men in the study), “a reasonable proportion of the sperm was motile.”

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