Top Tips for You and Your Condom

Did you know that between 17 and 51% of people may be using condoms wrong opens in a new window? A survey was done in America using a wide range of people, including young people, older people, sex workers, university students, married people and others, and it found out that lots of people don’t know how to use a condom correctly! This puts them at risk of getting a sexually transmitted infection (STI) or getting pregnant, so, here are some top tips on condom use for you …..
  1. Check the condom foil is not damaged and is intact, that it is within the expiry date and that it has the British Kitemark and CE mark. Make sure your hands are clean and free from oil based products. Tear along one side of the foil taking care that you do not damage the condom with sharp nails or teeth. Be careful as you squeeze out the condom not to catch on any jewellery.

  2. Put the condom on when the penis is erect, but before contact with your partner as pre-cum is often released when aroused and can contain enough sperm to fertilise the entire female population of Torbay!!!!! This can result in a pregnancy or pass on sexually transmitted infections.

  3. Hold the condom teat between the thumb and finger making sure it is the correct way to roll on to the penis. It should look like a Mexican hat and the roll should be on the outside. If you do roll it on the wrong way dispose of it and use a fresh one bearing in mind that pre-cum may be on that condom and cause a pregnancy. Try to pinch an inch at the teat and expel air to allow enough space to collect the semen (cum).

  4. Using the other hand, unroll the condom down the entire length of the penis while still holding the teat. Make sure the condom stays in place during sex. If the condom should come off, then open a new condom and put it on before continuing sex. Remember you will need to think about accessing emergency contraception (morning after pill) to further prevent pregnancy. You may also need to consider a STI screen. For access points please see clinic times.

  5. After you have ejaculated (cum), take penis out of vagina immediately before it becomes soft as this will avoid the condom coming off inside your partner spilling the sperm. Only when the penis is completely out should you remove the condom away from your partner to avoid any sperm landing near the vagina.

  6. After use, do not flush into toilet as it will possibly block it!  Instead, wrap in a tissue and throw into the bin.

  7. Remember realistic usage of condoms only prevents 85% of pregnancies so consider other choices of contraception

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