Condoms the Correct Way!

Using condoms effectively is crucial for preventing sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and reducing the risk of unintended pregnancies. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to use condoms properly:

Choose the Right Condom: Make sure to select condoms that are made of latex or polyurethane. If you or your partner have a latex allergy, consider using polyurethane or polyisoprene condoms.

Check the Expiry Date: Before using a condom, check the expiration date printed on the packaging. Expired condoms may not provide adequate protection, so always use fresh ones.

Open the Package Carefully: Open the condom package carefully to avoid damaging the condom inside. Don't use scissors or your teeth, as this could lead to tears or holes in the condom.

Determine the Correct Direction: Ensure you know the correct direction of the condom. It should roll down easily, so if you accidentally start to unroll it the wrong way, discard it and use a new one.

Leave Space at the Tip: Once the penis is erect, pinch the tip of the condom to leave a small space at the end. This extra space allows room for semen and prevents the condom from bursting during ejaculation.

Roll the Condom On: Place the rolled-up condom on the head of the erect penis. While pinching the tip, use your other hand to unroll the condom all the way down the shaft of the penis. Make sure it covers the entire length.

Air Bubbles and Lubrication: After putting on the condom, check for air bubbles. Gently squeeze the air out to avoid condom breakage. Additionally, adding a water-based or silicone-based lubricant to the outside of the condom can reduce friction and prevent condom breakage. Avoid using oil-based lubricants (e.g., petroleum jelly, baby oil) as they can weaken latex condoms.

During and After Sex:During sexual activity, be mindful of the condom's position and ensure it stays in place. If the condom slips off or breaks during intercourse, stop immediately, withdraw carefully, and put on a new condom before resuming.

Proper Disposal:After ejaculation and before the penis becomes flaccid, hold onto the condom's rim and pull out of your partner. Tie a knot in the open end of the condom to prevent spillage, wrap it in tissue or toilet paper, and dispose of it in the trash. Never flush condoms down the toilet, as they can clog plumbing.

Remember that using condoms correctly and consistently is essential for their effectiveness. Avoid reusing condoms and always use a new one for each sexual encounter. If you're switching between different sexual activities (e.g., vaginal to anal sex), change condoms to prevent the transmission of bacteria or viruses from one area to another.