Handout 20 - How To Use A Male Condom

How to Use a Male Condom


Step 1
Get your condoms from a shop or clinic where they are stored in a cool place, out of the sun. Check the expiry date written on the condom packet. Check the condom package to make sure that there are no cracks, holes or open sides. Gently push the condom inside the package to one side to allow room to tear open the package. Carefully remove the condom using the fleshy part of your fingers and not your finger nails.

Step 2
Do not unroll the condom before putting it on. Make sure that the condom is the right way up with the tip facing upwards, so that it can roll downwards. Squeeze the tip of the condom and place over the end of the erect penis. Do this to leave room for the semen so that the condom does not burst on ejaculation.

Step 3
Unroll the condom over the penis, all the way down to the base of the penis. If the colour of the condom is uneven or if it is dry, brittle, torn or unusually sticky, throw it away
because it will probably burst. Always put on the condom before entering a partner. Make sure the condom stays in place during sex. If it comes off, withdraw the penis and use another condom before continuing.

Step 4
After ejaculation, hold the condom firmly at the base to prevent it slipping off the penis and withdraw the erect penis from your partner immediately.

Step 5
Remove the condom only when the penis is fully withdrawn. Keep the condom and penis clear from contact with your partner’s body. Tie a knot at the open end of the condom, wrap it in a tissue and dispose of it appropriately by throwing it in a waste bin. Do not flush the condom down the toilet. Do not use the condom again. Always use a new condom every time you have sex.