When it comes to sex, everyone wants to have the best time of their lives. Hence, it is better to be safe than sorry. Condoms are one of the best contraceptive options (99% effective) that can prevent unwanted pregnancies and STIs including HIV.
Below is a four step method to follow in ensuring proper use of a condom during sex.
A condom must be put on first before coming into contact with the vagina, anus or mouth of the partner. Carefully open the wrapper from the jagged edges and take out the condom. Never rip it open or use your teeth as this might cause the condom to tear.
Place the condom with the tip pointing upwards on top of the penis. Check that the condom is in the right direction so that it can be rolled downwards. Squeeze the entire reservoir tip of the condom gently (to remove the air) and roll it down the shaft of the erect penis.
Note that you have put it on backwards, throw it away and use a new one as the pre-cum will have already come into contact with the condom and flipping it over may cause pregnancy.
For men who are uncircumcised, make sure you pull back the foreskin before putting on the condom.
Apply lubricant over the condom if necessary. This helps to protect the condom from damages and also ensures smooth entry into the vagina. Some lubricants also contain spermicides which can help to reduce any risk of pregnancy.
Remember never to apply oil-based lubricants as they can cause the condom to breakdown. Always use water-based lubricants.
After ejaculation during sex, hold the condom at the base of the penis and withdraw it from the vagina. This is to ensure that the condom is not left inside the vagina of the lady. To remove the condom, hold the base and gently roll it off. Tie it up, wrap it in tissue paper and dispose into a waste bin.
Extra tips for a more enjoyable experience
- Ensure that the condoms are kept in a cool dry place. Heat and sunlight can cause the latex to break so do not leave the condoms in a car or in a wallet.
- Check the condom for its expiry before usage. Throw away any condoms past their expiry date.
- During sex, check occasionally for any tears on the condom or if it has slipped off the penis and dislodged in the vagina.
- Applying lubricant into the tip of the condom before putting it on helps to avoid breakage and enhances the pleasure for men.
- Replace condoms if switching from vaginal to anal sex or vice versa. This reduces the risk of infection.
- Practice wearing a condom if you have never done so before. Condoms are easy to use with practice and experience.