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How To Put On A Condom - The Right Way

Posted by Devin Wilde on

Learning how to put on a condom correctly is super important (no one wants to guess and find it all goes wrong at the worst possible moment). Not only can having unprotected sex potentially lead to pregnancy, but it can also lead to various STI’s. This article will show you how to put on a male condom correctly.

When learning how to put on a condom correctly, there are several steps you need to follow.

  1. The first step is, of course, when you decide to have sex - you need to pick out a condom ideally ahead of time and have practiced putting it on. Preferably an all natural, smooth and long lasting silicone oil variety so not only will it feel great, but you know you’ll have the best defense against STI’s and an effective solution for birth control. Make sure you use a brand new condom for each act of sex.
  2. Next, make sure to be careful when opening the condom packaging, ensuring it doesn’t rip or tear the condom. Try to find one that is easy to open, and has no tear packaging. Careful with your fingernails and even teeth as these are easy ways to rip them.
  3. Find the top of the condom and hold/pinch the tip of the condom in between your finger and thumb. This is to ensure it’s the right way around and to also make sure no air gets trapped inside. Otherwise, it could very easily split.
  4. Place the condom over the very top of the penis before any act of sex as any bodily contact before this can still lead to STI’s.
  5. Slowly roll the condom down over the erect penis and down the shaft whilst still holding the tip of the condom. If you find difficulty in doing this, check if you are rolling it down the wrong way and inside out. If this is the case, you must make sure you begin again with a brand new condom to avoid any risks. For example, you may have precum on the current condom.
  6. Ensure the condom stays in place during foreplay and while having sex. If it does come off, stop and begin again with a brand new one.
  7. After the man has cum, having ejaculated into the tip of the condom and filling it up with semen, slowly and carefully withdraw the penis while still erect and holding onto the bottom of the condom to ensure it stays in place.
  8. When you are sure there is no more contact with your partner’s body, slowly roll the condom down the shaft and tie it into a bag. Wrap this into tissue and place it in a bin. Avoid spilling any of the semen and never throw it down the toilet.

Before you commit the above to memory, here at Lovability we've tried to make this a whole lot easier :) Lovability Buttercup Condoms offer easy-open packaging so you don't need to worry about tearing any condoms. And Lovability Buttercup Condoms are always right-side-up, so you don't have to worry whether you're rolling it on the right way.

2 Types of Condoms

When learning how to use them, note that there are two types of condoms consider:

  1. Male Condoms - As a man, learning how to put on a condom can be a little tricky at first, but you’ll learn very quickly with a little practice. Condom instructions are right there on the box.
  2. Female Condoms - Female condoms, also known as internal condoms, are a barrier method worn inside the vagina. 

Here are some common questions associated with learning how to put on a condom.

Does putting a condom on feel good?

Well, let’s be honest. It may not feel natural at first but this is perfectly normal. If you have the right fit and the right quality condom, in no time at all, you’ll hopefully forget you’re even wearing one. 

When you first learn how to put on a condom, the most crucial step will be to make sure it fits and so it would be worthwhile measuring your erect penis. There are many different measuring systems, ranging from interlocking plastic measuring tapes to special medical devices. You'll have to find the measuring device that is most comfortable for you, and that will also give you the right results. Luckily, most people don't need any extra guidance for their penises, so it shouldn't be too difficult to figure out how to measure your penis. As long as you know your measurements accurately, you should have no problems. Just please don’t let your ego get in the way and try to get something larger than you may need. Trust us, this never ends well. 

Choose the right condoms

From learning how to put on a condom, to timing it right, it’s worth investing in the right condom. You may for example like to know the condoms are vegan, not tested on animals or that they are simply produced from super fresh latex tapped from local trees and are super fresh. Just as important is knowing what is NOT in the condoms. For example, avoid dyes, fragrances, parabens, casein, gluten and make sure they are NON-GMO as well. One of the most important factors is the ingredients used. We strongly recommend all natural latex condoms with silicone oil. It’s a hypo-allergenic lubricant of the highest grade. 

Choosing a condom that is right for your partner is all about preference and not so much physiology. It's a personal preference thing, so if you like one condom better than another, you probably will, too. Find out what works for you, and then continue with the other condoms. We’re maybe a little biased but we believe we are one of the comfiest, best condoms you can get. 

Disadvantages of condoms

Probably one of the biggest mistakes people make when first trying a condom is focusing too much on how it feels. Just because a condom may feel unnatural when you first put it on (or go back to it after having not used them for a long time), give it some time. They play a crucial role in sex and should never be underappreciated. Of course, if you're not entirely comfortable with the process, or your partner is not, it's always a good idea to try different brands but if all else fails, switch to another form of contraception. There is nothing wrong with changing latex products if you find they don't work well with your body chemistry.

What will happen if the tip of the condom isn't pricked?

While it is very important you do hold down the tip of the condom, if you don’t, there is more likelihood the condom will rip. It is certainly a best practice to follow the process and avoid any awkward situations occurring, especially during the best bit.

How do you know if your condom has broken?

A tear or a rip may occur when you take out your condom or pull it off your penis. Even though you may not notice a large incision, semen (cum) can cause the condom to break. Sometimes the condom may break entirely and form a ring around your penis. Always check to make sure, especially during any rough play.

Do I need to be concerned if my condom breaks?

If you suspect that your condom broke during sex, immediately stop and get a new condom. If your condom breaks, you should directly call your doctor, nurse practitioner, or clinic to inquire about the possibility of emergency contraception.

Can I wear condoms all day?

You should roll the condom when your penis is fully erect (hard) but before it touches your partner (vulva, vagina and anus) and keep it on your body throughout sex. These protect you against STDs transmitted by skin-to-skin contact.

Why do condoms rip?

While condoms are quite durable and last up to 5 years, they do become weaker over time. Don't ever use an expired one and never re-use a condom - they are a one time gig! Condoms may also tear if they don't fit correctly or aren't put on correctly (such as not leaving enough space at the tip).

Are condoms something you should take off?

Yes, remove the condom after you've ejaculated.

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