Proper condom use

The following tips will reduce the chances of condoms breaking or slipping off:
  • Always check the date on the packet. Don't use condoms that are past their use-by date.
  • Store your condoms out of direct sunlight and away from heat. Keeping one in your wallet is always a good idea, but this can cause the condom to get hot or squashed and weaken the latex. Replace any condoms in your wallet if they have been there for a while.
  • Do the ‘pillow test’, whereby you gently squeeze the closed package to ensure that there is a pocket of air in it, to show you that the package has not been punctured.
  • Be careful if using your teeth to open a packet as this can rip the condom. Try gently pushing the condom to the side of the packet away from your teeth when opening it. Avoid scratching the condom with your nails.
  • Before trying to roll a condom onto a cock make sure that you've got it the right way around.
  • The cock should be hard before putting the condom on.
  • Pull back the foreskin if uncut.
  • Hold the teat part of the condom whilst squeezing the air out of it and then place it on the head of the erect cock. For a bit of extra sensation try adding a little bit of lube to the head of the cock or the teat of the condom before putting the condom on.
  • Unroll the condom the full length of the cock, right down to the base without stretching it. If the condom you are using doesn't unroll to the base of your cock or is too tight, you need to use a larger condom.
  • Most condoms come already lubricated, but this is usually not enough for anal sex. Apply plenty of water-based lubricant to both the cock and arse before fucking. Using plenty of lube will make fucking more enjoyable.
  • After you've cum and before your cock goes soft, hold on to the condom at the base of the cock when pulling out.
  • Holding the teat, gently slide the condom off your cock. The teat should hold most of the cum. Tie it up and then dispose of it appropriately.
  • Condoms are for single-use only.
  • If in a group sex session, use a new condom for every new partner.
  • Use condoms if sharing sex toys. Put a new condom on the toy anytime it is going from one playmate to another.
  • Oil based lubricants can affect latex based condoms so it is best to use water based lubricant.
  • Keep condoms close by the bed or keep some on you so that in the heat of the moment you can easily grab them whether you are at your place, his place, or somewhere else.

Where to buy condoms

Condoms, and other safe sex products, are available from the Thorne Harbour Health, at substantially discounted prices. Condoms are available in a range of sizes to accommodate your needs. To find out more check out safe sex products at Thorne Harbour Health.