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How To Use a Male Condom


Updated July 17, 2009

Condoms help prevent sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), as well as unplanned pregnancy when used consistently and correctly. Always use a condom during sexual intercourse unless you are in a long-term monogamous relationship.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 5 minutes

Here's How:

  1. Buy a package of lubricated latex condoms, in the appropriate size at your local pharmacy. Make note of the expiration date.
  2. As soon as the penis is hard, open the package and squeeze the tip of the condom to remove the excess air inside. Look for damage and use another condom if damage is detected or the condom is dry.
  3. Put the open end of the condom on the head of the penis.
  4. Roll the condom down the shaft of the penis until it fits comfortably. The condom should extend almost to the base of penis and have a smooth fit. Leave space at the tip of the condom for semen.
  5. After ejaculation, the man should hold the condom secure while withdrawing his penis from the vagina to help prevent the condom from coming off or spilling. Never use the same condom twice.
  6. Once out of the vagina the condom can be removed and disposed of. The penis should be washed to prevent any semen from inadvertently making its way back into the vagina.


  1. Use only water based lubricants on latex condoms. Oil based lubricants such as petroleum jelly can damage the condom. The lubricant can be placed on the outside of the condom prior to intercourse.
  2. Condoms should be used to prevent HIV and other STDs by women when performing oral sex on men.
  3. Never store condoms in your wallet or glove compartment. Heat can damage condoms. Carrying a condom in a hip-style wallet for long periods shortens the shelf life.
  4. The use of the spermicide Non-Oxynol 9 is no longer recommended due to an increased risk of HIV. According to the CDC, Non-Oxynol 9 often irritates the lining of the vagina thereby increasing the risk of HIV transmission.

What You Need

  • Water-based lubricant
  • Male condom
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