How to wear a condom

Sex education over the years has created widespread awareness about the importance of using condoms during sexual intercourse. However, it is also important to know how to put on a condom correctly in order to prevent unwanted pregnancy as well as transmission of STIs and STDs.

Today, there are condoms available for men and women both, known as external and internal condoms respectively.

The first step to using a condom, for men and women both, is to ensure it is still usable, i.e. check the expiry date on the packet. Old, expired condoms may break during intercourse, thus beating the purpose of using protection. The condom is also unusable if the packaging is damaged.

Below are the steps for men to correctly wear a condom:

  • Open the packaging carefully, make sure you do not tear the condom
  • Hold the tip of the condom between your index finger and thumb and place it on your penis when its erect (hard)
  • The rim of the condom should be on the outside, thus allowing it roll up on your penis. If the rim is facing inward, it means you’re holding it inside out. Discard the condom and use a new one before proceeding.
  • Once you have it correctly in place, pinch the tip of the condom and gently roll the rim over your penis. Pinching ensures that no air is trapped inside, otherwise it may split during intercourse.
  • After ejaculation, hold the condom in place as you withdraw from your partner’s body.
  • Wrap the used condom in a tissue and discard it in a dustbin.
  • For women, the condom is to be inserted into the vagina before sexual intercourse. Below are the steps to correctly insert an internal condom:

  • Open the packaging carefully, make sure you do not tear the condom
  • The closed end of the condom is to be inserted into the vagina. To do this, hold the inner ring between your index finger and thumb.
  • Use the other hand to separate the labia and then push the inner ring into your vagina.
  • Insert your finger into the open end of the condom and push the condom as far as possible, with the outer ring resting comfortable outside your vagina.
  • It is important to make sure that the outer ring stays outside the vagina during sex. If at any point, it starts to get pushed inside, stop the intercourse and pull it back in its place.
  • After intercourse, immediately but gently pull the end of the condom to remove it.
  • Condoms, both internal and external, are effective ways of contraception and prevention against STIs.

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