Use a condom
every time you have sexual intercourse, oral sex, or anal sex unless you
know that you and your partners are STI-free.
Condoms are most effective when you follow these steps before using
Buy latex condoms sold in the United States.
These condoms meet strict safety standards and are unlikely to break or
Keep the condom in its package until you are ready to use
Check the condom for its expiration date. Throw away condoms
that have passed the expiration date.
Avoid storing rubber (latex)
condoms in any hot place (such as the glove compartment of a car). Heat can
weaken the rubber and increase the chance that the condom will break.
Follow these steps to use a condom properly.
Unwrap the condom carefully to avoid poking tiny holes in it with
Put the condom on as soon as your penis is hard
(erect), before you enter your partner. The condom can be put on as part of
Pull down the loose skin from the head of the penis, if
you have not been circumcised.
Hold the tip of the condom and
squeeze out the air. This leaves room for the semen when you ejaculate. Also,
the condom is less likely to break if all the air has been squeezed
Keep holding the tip of the condom. Unroll it onto the erect
penis, all the way down to the pubic hair.
Use a lubricant on the
outside of the condom once it is on completely. Use lubricants like Astroglide,
Slippery Stuff, or K-Y Jelly, which do not contain oil. Never use Vaseline,
grease, hand lotion, baby oil, or anything else with oil in it. Oil can weaken
latex rubber and cause the condom to break and may irritate your partner's
vagina. Read the label to be sure that a lubricant does not have oil in
Press on the bottom of the condom (by the pubic hair) after you
ejaculate and pull out while your penis is still hard. This will keep semen
from spilling out of the condom.
Take the condom off and throw it
away. Use a new condom each time you have sexual intercourse, oral sex, or anal
How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.