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How to use a condomWhat are condoms made of?

There are two kinds of Condoms:  latex condoms and  non-latex condoms. If possible you should use a latex condom, as they are slightly more reliable and in most countries they are most readily available. Latex condoms can only be used with water based lubricants, not oil based lubricants such as Vaseline or cold cream as they break down the latex.

Polyurethane condoms are made from a type of plastic. They are suitable for the small number of people who are allergic to latex. Polyurethane condoms are thinner than latex condoms, and so can increase sensitivity. However, they are more expensive than latex condoms and slightly less flexible so more lubrication may be needed. Both oil and water based lubricants can be used with them.

It’s not clear whether latex or polyurethane condoms are stronger. However, with both types the likelihood of breakages is very small if used correctly.

How to use a condom

Before you put a condom on:

  1. Store condoms in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.
  2. Check the expiration date on the condom.
  3. Do a pillow test — does the air stay in the package?
  4. Tear the condom package carefully — without using your teeth — to open.
  5. If the condom looks damaged, discolored, or brittle, do not use.
  6. Add a drop of lube inside the condom for extra pleasure.

To put a condom on:

  1. With one hand, pinch the tip of the condom to leave room for the ejaculate.
  2. With the other hand, roll the condom to the base of the penis or object.
  3. Continue using this hand to guide any air bubbles out of the condom.
  4. Add lube to the outside of the condom to avoid excess friction that may cause breakage.

After the action:

  1. Hold the base of the condom as you pull out to avoid slippage.
  2. Remove the condom and throw away in the trash, not the toilet.

To more specifically address your last question, experts recommend pulling out while the penis is still hard because once the penis begins to lose its erection, ejaculate can leak out or the condom can slip off. For many men, an erection disappears quickly after ejaculating meaning that to best avoid pregnancy and/or STI transmission, men should pull out of their partner very soon after ejaculating. If you continue to have an erection and you and your partner would like to keep going after you ejaculate, hold the rim of the condom against the base of your penis.

As for your concern about your partner’s pleasure, perhaps you could talk with her/him about ways that s/he could have an orgasm before or at the same time you do. Or, you could take a break from intercourse after you ejaculate and pleasure her/him in other ways. If you become aroused again, you can also return to having intercourse with a new condom.

Condoms Storage

Condom Storage

How to keep  your condom so it safe and ready to use

Types of Condoms

Learn about the different types of condoms

Do’s and Dont’s


  • DO use only latex or polyurethane (plastic) condoms.
  • DO keep condoms in a cool, dry place. [ READ MORE ]
  • DO put the condom on an erect (hard) penis before there is any contact with a partner’s genitals.
  • DO use plenty of lubricant with latex condoms if you find vaginal sex is uncomfortable, or that condoms tend to rip or tear. Don’t use oil-based products with latex condoms(see DON’TS for more on this). Water-based lubes are condom-friendly but might increase the risks of STIs with anal sex. Consider using silicone-based lubricants for anal intercourse.
  • DO hold the condom in place at the base of the penis before withdrawing (pulling out) after sex.
  • DO throw the condom away after it’s been used.


  • DON’T use out of date condoms. Check the expiration date carefully. Old condoms can be dry, brittle or weakened and can break more easily.
  • DON’T unroll the condom before putting it on the erect penis.
  • DON’T leave condoms in hot places like your wallet or in your car. [READ MORE]
  • DON’T use oil-based products, like baby or cooking oils, hand lotion or petroleum jelly (like Vaseline®) as lubricants with latex condoms. The oil quickly weakens latex and can cause condoms to break.
  • DON’T use your fingernails or teeth when opening a condom wrapper. It’s very easy to tear the condom inside. If you do tear a condom while opening the wrapper, throw that condom away and get a new one.
  • DON’T reuse a condom. Always use a new condom for each kind of sex you have.
  • DON’T regularly use lubricants with spermicide called nonoxynol-9 (“N-9”) as they may cause skin irritation or tiny abrasions that make the genital skin more susceptible to STIs.

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