How Do I Use One?

How Do I Use One?

During sex, male condoms are worn on the penis to prevent semen (sperm) entering the woman's vagina when the man ejaculates (comes).

The condom should be put on when the penis is erect (hard) and before it comes into contact with your partner's body.

To use a male condom correctly, follow these steps:

  • Carefully open the foil packaging that the condom is wrapped in, taking care not to tear the condom.
  • Hold the tip of the condom between your forefinger and thumb to make sure it's put on the right way round and no air is trapped inside (the condom may split if air is trapped inside).
  • Place the condom over the tip of the penis.
  • While squeezing the tip of the condom, roll it down over the length of the erect penis.
  • If the condom will not unroll, it's probably on inside out – start again with a new condom as there may be sperm on it.

Make sure that the condom stays in place while you're having sex. If it comes off, stop and put on a new one.

After ejaculation (when the man has come) and while the penis is still hard, hold the condom in place and carefully withdraw the penis from your partner's body.

You should only take the condom off the penis when there's no further contact with your partner's body.

Wrap the used condom in a tissue and put it in the bin. You should never flush condoms down the toilet as they may block the toilet and can cause environmental damage.