- Condoms should be rolled onto an erect penis before you dive into any genital, anal or oral contact. Check that the foil packaging is undamaged. If the foil feels slippery make sure that the foil is intact. Check that your condom is within its expiry date.
- Be careful, make sure that you do not damage the condom with sharp fingernails or jewellery as you squeeze the condom out. Examine the part of the condom that unrolls, if the roll is on the outside it is the right way up.
- Gently draw back the foreskin of your erect penis. Squeeze the tip of your condom between thumb and forefinger to expel air, to reduce the chance of bursting. A space should be left at the end of the condom to collect semen after ejaculation. If you use lubricant make sure that it is water based if your condom is latex.
- Holding the tip of your condom between thumb and forefinger, use the other hand to roll it down over the whole length of the penis. If you accidentally put the condom on backwards it won’t unroll. You should throw it away and use a new condom. Now you’re ready to put that penis somewhere nice. We don’t have any suggestion here, it’s up to you.
- Make sure the condom stays in place during sex. If the condom comes off, use a new condom. If this happens, the female should seek post-coital contraception advice. After ejaculation the semen must stay inside the condom. Hold the rim of the condom to the base of the penis and withdraw. The penis should be withdrawn before loss of erection.
- When the penis has been withdrawn, remove the condom from the penis and tie the end. Remember only use a condom once! You must discard the condom in a bin not in the toilet. If you put the condom in the toilet it is likely to come back to haunt you and it is definitely going to pollute the system. Now wash your hands.
Latex Condoms should be stored in a cool place away from direct sunlight this is because latex breaks down with wear, manipulation, temperature change and exposure to ultraviolet light. Ideally condoms should be carried in a sturdy condom case. Carrying condoms in your wallet, back pocket, handbag etc. is very risky since the condoms can be exposed to sharp objects, bending and significant changes in temperature. Do not use oil based products such as baby oil, petroleum jelly, body lotions or massage oils, butter olive oil etc. Oils can cause microscopic holes to appear in latex causing serious damage. If additional lubricant is required use a water-based lubricant. Some medications applied to either the Penis, Anus, or Vagina may damage latex condoms so check with your Pharmacist or Doctor. Condoms used for Anal sex may have an increased chance of slipping off or being damaged. Never use the same condom more than once. Everyone should carry their own supply of condoms, so make sure you have yours! If you have unprotected sex or the contraception you used has failed, contact your Doctor or Sexual Health Clinic for emergency contraception advice immediately.