Proper Use of Condoms

When it comes to using condoms, you simply need practice, practice and more practice. Sacrifice a condom or two for the mission and it’ll pay off when the time comes. And like we said, this form of rehearsal really isn’t as lame as preparing for a piano recital.

Men and women both, should get to know the feeling of a condom, how to open the package, without tearing the condom, how to unroll it, and so on. Before you will be able to manage it under pressure and possibly in the dark, you really should try it under less hostile conditions.

The best way to get used to the feeling is to masturbate with a condom on, before trying it with another person.

The Moment of Truth

1: Releasing it

Tear along one side of the plastic or aluminum covering, being sure not to rip the condom inside. Carefully remove the condom.

2: Airing it

Space is needed inside a condom for the semen that is ejaculated, but air should not be trapped there, because it could cause it to break. So the end of the condom which is nipple-like, should be squeezed with the thumb and fore-finger, to remove the air while it is being rolled onto the penis.

3: Wearing it

Put the condom on when the penis is erect, before there is any contact between the penis and the partner’s body.

If you have a foreskin, pull it back before putting on the condom.

Fluid released from the penis during the early stages of an erection (pre-cum) can contain sperm and organisms that can cause STI’s. This means that the condom needs to be in place before any contact occurs and not only before ejaculation.

Place the rolled up condom on the edge of the penis, making sure that the roll is on the outside. This will allow whoever is placing the condom, to unroll it over the penis with one hand, while squeezing the closed end with the other hand.

The wearer should be able to pay attention that the condom stays in place during sex; if it rolls up, roll it back into place immediately.

If the condom comes off, withdraw the penis and put on a new condom before intercourse continues.

4: Removing it

Soon after the wearer orgasms, while still erect, hold the condom in place at the base of the penis and withdraw. By removing the condom when the penis is still hard, it ensures that the semen do not spill. Keep thing safe by tying the end of the condom, wrapping it in a tissue and tossing in the bin.

Latex vs. Polyurethane

Some women and men complain of latex allergies. Whether it is an allergy, roughness or just dislike, you have the option of using polyurethane condoms. They are quite a bit more expensive, but most will agree they are worth the investment. The material – polyurethane – which is the same used for female condoms, is thinner than latex and better at transferring body heat, so it feels more natural.


Never use oil- or petroleum-based lubes with condoms, since they can cause the latex to perish and tear. Water-based or silicone-based will be safe on latex or polyurethane. Placing a small amount of lube on the outside of the condom can give it a more natural feeling and help with the entry.


Spermicides are a form of contraception that works by killing sperm directly when it comes in contact with them in the vagina. It can be used by squirting gel or cream into the vagina before sex, or sometimes it comes with condoms, spread on the latex. It is effective as a compliment to condoms or diaphragms, but not when used alone. It can cause a bad reaction in women, so if this is the case, don’t disregard condoms, just make sure you try non-spermicidal condoms, and add a bit of lube to take the feeling up a notch.

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One comment on “Proper Use of Condoms

  1. Yes! Finally someone writes about types of condom.

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