How to Use a Condom
Lifebeat volunteer Grace Garland gives a tutorial on exactly how to slip on the goods.
- Not every man is built the same, neither is every condom.
- Too small, and the condom could be uncomfortable. Too large, and the condom could slip off.
- Condoms that are too large is a bigger problem because condoms stretch.
- Trying to find a condom you like? Experiment. Try visiting a sex toy store that lets you buy single condoms or condom assortments so that you have a range of options to play with. Oh, and don’t trust the package description. A condom brand’s “XL” condoms may be the same size as another brand’s regular ones.
Help! My condom broke
- If a condom breaks while you are having sex, stop and carefully pull out or have your partner pull out.
- It’s important to talk to your partner about what’s happened. Discuss when and if you have been tested for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
Should I use a lubricant with a condom?
- Some condoms are already lubricated with dry silicone, jellies, or creams. If you buy condoms not already lubricated, it’s a good idea to apply some yourself.
- Lubricants may help prevent condoms from breaking during use and may prevent irritation, which might increase the chance of infection.
- If you use a separate lubricant, be sure to use one that’s water-based and made for this purpose. If you’re not sure which to choose, ask your pharmacist.
- Never use a lubricant that contains oils, fats, or greases such as petroleum-based jelly (like Vaseline brand), baby oil or lotion, hand or body lotions, cooking shortenings, or oily cosmetics like cold cream. They can seriously weaken latex, causing a condom to tear easily.