Condoms, when used correctly, are the number-one method to prevent transmission of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). However, if used incorrectly, a condom is no use as a birth control method or as protection against STDs. If you want to have a healthy sex life, you must know how to put on a condom the right way.

  1. Open the condom wrapper with your fingers.

    Don't use your teeth or scissors because you might tear into the condom or put a hole in it.

  2. Remove the rolled condom from the wrapper and place it at the tip of the erect penis.

    Make sure the condom is facing the right way. The reservoir tip should face away from the penis and the rubber ring should be toward the penis.

  3. With one hand pinch and hold the reservoir tip while you use your other hand to unroll the condom completely down the shaft of the penis.

    This small space is essential because it provides room for the semen to collect when the man ejaculates. Otherwise, the condom may break. Many condom styles come with a “reservoir tip” for this purpose.

    Uncircumcised? Pull back the foreskin as you unroll the condom.

  4. Smooth out any air bubbles.

    Air bubbles might cause the condom to break.

If you rely on condoms to prevent pregnancy or STDs, you must use them every time you engage in sexual intercourse.

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