How To Correctly Use An External Condom

Condoms are an important way to protect against pregnancy and STIs but we know that condoms are not 100% effective. Using condoms is pretty easy but making sure you are using them correctly can help keep the condom from breaking or slipping off and make the condom as effective as it can possibly be. When it comes to correct condom use, it is important to use either internal or external condoms correctly. Remember you can always find free condoms near you! Check out these tips for how to use an external condom! If you need a review of the steps to putting on am external condom, check out our previous blog and this video.

Check the packaging:

Take a look at a condom packet before using it and look for any signs of damage. If it looks like it has been through a lot, or if the package is damaged, consider using a different condom. Check the expiration date. Only use condoms that have not yet expired. Expired condoms may be less effective. Check for the air bubble. Condoms, like chips, are packaged with an air bubble to help protect it. Sometimes it can be hard to feel the air bubble. Try pushing the condoms to the side. If that air bubble is not there, it is possible something poked a hole in the package and could have also made a hole in the condom.

Pinch the tip:

Once you determine that the condom is not inside out (remember sombrero- not beanie) pinch the tip of the condom before putting it on the head of the penis and then roll it all the way down to the base of the penis (where it meets the body). Pinching the tip allows a space for any fluid to go. You can pinch the tip of the condom with one hand and use the other hand to roll it down. The condom should be rolled down as far (or as close to the body) as it can.

Use lube:

Using a small amount of lube, and the right kind of lube, can help keep condoms from breaking. Lube helps reduce friction and friction and lead to condoms breaking. Any lube used with condoms should be water or silicone based. The lube should say that it is safe for use with condoms. Using anything with oil (including baby oil, coconut oil, lotion, or food products) can break down or put holes in the condom.  You can put a few drops of lube inside the tip of the condom before putting it on or put some on the outside.

Remove the condom:

After ejaculation, remove the penis while holding the base of the condom. This will help avoid spilling any semen or fluid. The penis must be removed before it begins to soften or there is a risk that the condom can slide off.

Have extra condoms on hand!

Having a few condoms on hand can help you feel confident in using them. If there are any issues or someone makes a mistake using a condom, they have another one on hand! Find free condoms!

If you can’t visualize any of these steps, check out this video. If you are looking for another type of birth control to use with condoms, visit a clinic near you!

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