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Condoms

How to Use a Condom

Lifebeat volunteer Grace Garland gives a tutorial on exactly how to slip on the goods.

Male Condoms

  • 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.

How to Use a Female Condom

What is a female condom? And how do you use one?

In this video, a National AIDS Fund AmeriCorps member demonstrates how to use a female condom.

A female condom is worn internally by the female partner and provides a physical barrier to prevent exposure to ejaculated semen or other body fluids. Female condoms can be used by the receptive partner during anal sex.

Female condoms typically come in various sizes. For most vaginas, a moderately sized condom is adequate; women who have recently given birth should try a large first.

How to Use a Dental Dam

This video demonstrates the proper way to use a dental dam to prevent HIV and STD infections.

In safe sex practices, dental dams are recognized for their use during oral sex to protect against the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases. After lubrication with water-based lubricant, an un-punctured dental dam may be held over the vulva or anus allowing oral stimulation of these areas without transmission of bodily fluids and skin contact.