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Apr 25

Using Condoms Correctly

Posted By iamincontrol | April 25, 2013

By ShaleyCondoms

You may be wondering – What’s the big deal about using condoms anyway?

Did you know that condoms are the only way to help protect against STIs? Other birth controls, like the pill, only help protect against unplanned pregnancy. The pill does not help protect against STIs at all! This is why it is so important to use condoms. However, in order for condoms to work you must use them CORRECTLY and CONSISTENTLY every time you have sex.  Using a condom to protect yourself and your partner shows a lot of responsibility on your part, so you can be proud that your actions are keeping you both safe and healthy.

Here are the steps to using a condom the correct way:

  1. Check the date – Condoms expire ya know!
  2. Check for rips or holes in the package – This is important because if the condom package has any rips or holes in it, then guess what? The condom might have them also.
  3. Open the condom package with your fingers – Do not use your teeth or scissors because this could cause tiny rips or tears in the condom that you won’t be able to see.
  4. Check which way the condom unrolls before you start to put it on – This is important because condoms only unroll one way. If you do put it on inside-out (the wrong way) then throw that condom away and get out a new one because you never know if any pre-ejaculatory fluid got on the condom. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
  5. Pinch the top of the condom with one hand and use your other hand to roll the condom all the way down to the base of the penis – It is important to pinch the top of the condom so a space is left for the semen. This space is important so the semen has somewhere to go – otherwise the condom could break. You also don’t want the condom to slip off now do you? This is why you need to roll the condom all the way down to the bottom of the penis.
  6. Remove after use – After ejaculation it is important to withdraw from your partner right away so no semen leaks out of the condom. While you withdraw, keep your hand firmly on the base of the condom. Once you have withdrawn from your partner, roll the condom off starting at the base of the penis.
  7. Throw the condom away – Wrap the condom in a piece of toilet paper or kleenex and throw it away in the trash.

A little confused about some of these steps?  Don’t worry!  Here are a couple links to show you the correct way to put on a condom.

Teens Health – Condoms

Planned Parenthood – Condoms

You are in control of protecting yourself against STIs and using condoms correctly.