How to use a condom

Wait until the penis gets hard then take the condom out of the pack carefully.

Do not use your teeth to tear open the wrapper.

Watch out for rings and sharp fingernails, which can tear the condom.

If the penis has a foreskin, which is easy to roll back, you may find it easier to do this before putting on the condom.

Unroll the condom a bit to check that it’s the right way round before putting it on the erect penis. The ring should be on the outside and the tip should be sticking up - like a hat with a rim.

If you have put the condom on the wrong way, and it wont roll down, throw it away and start again (you don't want to get a drop of semen on the outside of the condom!)

Sex can feel better if you can place a small drop of lubricant in the tip of the condom before putting it on the penis. This is called ‘gel-charging’.

Squeeze the tip/ teat of the condom to get rid of any air. Keeping hold of the tip of the condom place it over the end of the hard penis.

Roll the condom all the way down to the base of the penis.

If you are using a water-based lubricant, spread it over the outside of the condom when it’s on the penis.

Check during sex that the condom hasn’t slipped off. After sex, withdraw carefully while the penis is still hard.

Hold the condom at the base when you pull out, to stop it slipping off. Be careful not to spill any of the contents (semen).

Wrap the condom in a tissue or piece of paper.

Dispose of condoms carefully in a bin, not down the toilet, as they will cause blockages.

To view a condom demonstration video click here