Before sex:

  1. Sex means not only vaginal intercourse but oral or anal sex. Always use a condom for any sexual activity to best protect yourself and your partner.
  2. Use a new condom for every sex act. Infectious organisms are transmitted through lesions, pre-ejaculate secretions, semen, vaginal secretions and blood.
  3. Tear open the package carefully. Do not use fingernails, teeth, scissors or anything that can damage the condom.
  4. Before sexual contact, place the condom on the head of the erect penis. The rolled-up ring should be on the outside. Leave space at the tip for semen when you ejaculate.
  5. Squeeze tip gently so no air is trapped as you unroll the condom all he way to the base of the erect penis. If the condom doesn’t unroll, it may be on backwards, damaged or old. Throw it away and start over with a fresh condom.

After Sex:

  1. Immediately after ejaculation, hold the condom in place and withdraw the penis while it is still erect. Avoid spilling any semen.
  2. Dispose of a used condom by wrapping in tissue and throwing in the trash.
  3. Wash your hands and genitals and surrounding areas with soap and water.

Did you know?

  • Pre-ejaculation fluids can cause pregnancy or pass on an STI/STD so put on the condom as soon as the penis is erect.
  • Topical vaginal medications like those used for a yeast infection could also weaken a condom and reduce its effectiveness.
  • Oil causes most condoms to deteriorate so never let a latex condom touch oil in any form (don’t use petroleum jelly, baby oil, massage oil, vegetable oil or baby powder)
  • Use only a condom compatible water-based or silicone lubricant on the outside of the condom
  • Store condoms in their packs in a cool, dry place. Avoid direct sunlight or long term storage over 100 F
  • Condoms expire – check the package date to make sure it hasn’t expired
  • If condom feels sticky or stiff or looks damaged in any way, throw it away and use the spare that you should be carrying