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Condoms should be used every single time you have sex. That’s right, every time you have vaginal, anal or oral sex, condoms are highly recommended. You can put in yourself, or ask your partner to do it for you. It is also vital to know that a condom can only be used once. Therefore, if you are planing on going for more rounds, carry a spare condom, or two. Have sex while providing protection against unplanned pregnancies, HIV, and other sexually transmitted diseases. Here is how to correctly use a condom:

Step 1

Make sure to check the expiry date. You do not want to use a condom that may end up breaking.

Step 2

Tear the zigzag side of the wrapper (if indicated) carefully. Avoid opening the wrapper using other means that might break the wrapper. For example, the use of teeth.

Step 3

Hold the tip of the condom to remove any air and then roll it down to the base of the erect penis. Make sure you have the condom the right way up by placing it over the finger tip before attempting to roll it on.If you notice a condom is inside out once it’s on the penis, start again with a new one, as there may be some sperm (pre-cum) on it.

Step 4

If there is need for lubrication,apply water-based or silicone-based lube to the condom once it’s on. Don’t use oil-based lubes such as Vaseline – they can make a condom split or break.

You can then dive in……..Feel free to check it from time to time and after half an hour change it for a new one. A condom is more likely to split if sex lasts over 30 minutes.

Step 5

After ejaculation, make sure the penis is withdrawn while still erect. Make sure you hold onto the base of the condom while you’re withdrawing. You don’t want to mwaga.

Step 6

Remove the condom, tie a knot in the end if you can, wrap it in a tissue and dispose it in the bin.

Happy safe sex!

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