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:
For women, the condom is to be inserted into the vagina before sexual intercourse. Below are the steps to correctly insert an internal condom:
Condoms, both internal and external, are effective ways of contraception and prevention against STIs.