How do I use them properly?

How do I use them properly?

Condoms are 98% effective at preventing pregnancy and STIs as long as they're used properly.

Check out this video or the 'step by step' guide that shows you how to use a condom properly.

  1. Check the expiration date on the foil packet
  2. Make sure there is a BSI kite mark and a CE mark – these tell you the condom has been tested and is safe to use.
  3. Make sure the packet isn't damaged – keep them flat to reduce the risk of damage (in your Oyster Card holder or drawer at home) not in your pocket!
  4. To remove the condom from the packet push it towards the flat edge and then tear along the serrated edge being careful not to damage it with sharp jewellery or finger nails. Never use your teeth to open a condom as you could catch it and cause damage.
  5. Make sure the condom is the correct way around. It should look like a Mexican hat on your palm. If you put it on the wrong way around it will not roll all the way down the penis – throw it away. Never take it off and turn it over because pre-cum containing sperm will now be on the outside of the condom!
  6. Pinch the teat at the top of the condom with your thumb and forefinger.  This pushes the air out of the tip to leave a gap for the semen (cum) to be collected when the young man ejaculates. Air in the tip of the condom is the main reason for a condom to split.
  7. Using the other hand and still pinching the teat carefully roll the condom all the way down to the base of the erect penis.
  8. After ejaculation (the man cums) withdraw the penis while holding the condom at the base to make sure no semen leaks out. Keep the used condom and penis away from your partner's body.
  9. Wrap the condom in a tissue and put it in the bin. Do not flush it down the toilet because it may float or block the toilet.
  10. Use a new condom every time you have sex. If you are having sex for a long time change the condom to reduce the risk of it getting damaged.
  11. If you have used a condom for oral sex you must not use it for sexual intercourse and vice versa.

Condoms & Lubrication

Condoms come in a foil packet and have lubricant on them to keep them fresh and make sex easier. It is better to use an extra water based lubricant as it can can make penetration easier during sexual intercourse, make sex more enjoyable, and means the condom is less likely to split.

Lubrication should always be put over the condom after it has been put onto the penis. Water-based lube sachets are given in the packs of condoms you can get from YPF accredited sites and can be bought from pharmacies and supermarkets too.

NEVER use oil based lubricants such as Vaseline, baby oil and hand lotion as the oil in them will damage the condom and cause it to break. All water-based lubes will tell you on the packet that they are safe for use with condoms and should carry the CE quality mark.

Condoms and oral sex

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) can be passed on through oral sex. Oral sex is kissing, licking or sucking a partner's genitals to give them sexual pleasure (sometimes called a blowjob or going down). A number of STIs, such as Chlamydia, Gonnorhoea and Genital Herpes, can be spread by oral sex. To protect yourself and your partner from STIs you should always use a condom or dental dam (a small sheet of thin latex rubber that covers the genital area) when giving oral sex. Condoms and dams come in lots of flavours (strawberry, mint, chocolate, vanilla and more!) to make oral sex more enjoyable. Always make sure you take off any lipstick or lip-gloss before giving oral sex using a condom or dam as they can damage them. Always use a new condom before going onto have penetrative sex (full sex).