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How to use a condom without being awkward

Posted by Devin Wilde on


Condoms are the only contraceptive that protects against unwanted pregnancy and STIs. However, they often receive a bad rap, and they can appear to be interruptions, or people may feel awkward about using them.

Here are a few ideas for how to use a condom when the moment arises.

  1. Get the condom ready

It's the digging in your bag for condoms or looking in your bedside table drawer that is a passion killer. So that you are ready for the inevitable, make sure you know where you have your condoms and make sure they are easily accessible. “Everything has a place and a place for everything”. Now and again, make sure to check the date on condoms. A condom that isn't up-to-date is not advisable as it is more likely to break.

  1. Be aware of what you are doing

Practice, practice, and practice. If you want to be able to put a condom on quickly, you can’t expect to do it perfectly the first time. You should practice putting it on and also using a condom while masturbating if you have a penis. This will at least ensure that you are ready to have sex with your partner when the time comes and know the basics of putting it on and also removing it carefully.

  1. Don't rush

It is essential to roll the condom down to the base of the erect penis to reduce the chance of it breaking or slipping off during sex. Enjoy a lot of foreplay and take your time.

How can you maintain your composure when you put on a condom?

Firstly, if you think of it as a big deal, then it will become a big deal. It’s perfectly normal and natural for people to take a moment and put on a condom. Sure, there are some fancy ways of multi-tasking like kissing each other, also putting the condom on but these come with time and experience. For the few seconds it will take to put the condom on correctly, it will be forgotten just as quickly when the real fun begins.

Most common mistakes when using a condom 

  1. Don't forget to check the condom packet for damage. Condoms are easily damaged. Condoms can also get damaged by heat, which can cause them to become warm. Having one on you is a good habit but be aware they can easily get damaged if held in your pocket or wallet due to the friction. It's best practice to replace it every month. Damaged condoms won't protect against STIs or pregnancy.
  2. Don't forget to check the expiry dates. Condoms should always have an expiry date printed on their wrappers. The amount of protection will no longer be adequate if the condom is expired.
  3. Don't be careless when you open the condom wrapper. When you open the wrapper, feel for the condom inside. Do not use scissors or any sharp object to open condoms as it’s one of the most common ways to damage them.
  4. Before sex has begun, a condom must be worn before you have any physical contact. This would mean before sex and before any of your genitals contact your partners. You are not protected against STIs and pregnancy if you only put on a condom before you ejaculate.
  5. Hold the tip while applying the condom to the penis. It is essential to squeeze the end to remove any air. The condom will likely break during play if you don't.
  6. Flipping the condom upside down and then flipping it over. This is a standard error. It is essential to throw out the condom and replace it with a fresh one. The condom's outside will touch the penis and expose your partner to the possibility of getting pregnant and STIs.
  7. Don't take the condom off too quickly. Condoms should be used whenever your genital and anal areas come in contact.
  8. Ensure you hold the condom base when removing the penis. Otherwise, this could cause the condom to not stay in place, which can lead to STIs and pregnancy. As the penis is being withdrawn, gently hold the condom with your fingers.
  9. Use oil-based lubricants in conjunction with condoms. While using lubricant can be a good idea, make sure it is water-based such as HALLELUBEYAH. Some other products, particularly those not for sex, can be oil-based and cause condoms to break.
  10. Don't use a condom too small or too large. It might fall off if it is too big, or it may tear if it is too small. Condoms come in a variety of sizes, so you're sure to find the one that fits you and your partner.
  11. Change condoms if needed during sex. You should always use a new condom if you're switching from anal to vaginal or vice versa. Infection can be caused by bacteria introduced from the rectum to the vagina.
  12. Careful using condoms with sex toys. If you and your partner share sex toys like vibrators, it is a good idea to get a new condom each time. If sex toys are not covered and shared, they can transmit STIs. 

What happens if you don't pinch the tip of a condom?

Pinching the tip of the condom in essence ensures there is not air trapped inside when the condom is rolled down the penis. This in turn makes sure it will not cause the condom to rip during intercourse. It also allows adequate space for the cum to go. 

Why is it so hard to put a condom on?

The most likely reason for the condom seemingly being difficult to put on the penis is either it’s not the correct size, or simply you haven’t practiced the basics properly. Spend time learning how to apply the condom correctly, and overtime this will become normal and a natural part of the process. 

Who should use the condom?

Male condoms are worn over the erect penis during sex to stop semen (sperm) from entering the female's vaginal area when the man ejaculates. When the penis is hard (erect), and before it touches your partner's skin, you should put on the condom. It’s also a best practice for protecting against STI’s.

Are condoms easier to use?

Condoms can be easily obtained and used. Condoms can help prevent STDs and pregnancy, and condoms can make sex more enjoyable with less risks -- and that ensures you can get out of your head and really enjoy yourself in the moment. One of the easiest innovations is the use of a condom in a tin. This way, you can access them easier, always have them right side up, and know they are always protected and safe to use. 

What is the name of condoms used by women?

The female condom, also known as an internal condom, is a contraceptive device used to prevent sperm from entering the uterus, protecting against pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases (STIs).

Are ultra-thin condoms prone to breaking?

Many people prefer ultra-thin condoms because they offer greater pleasure and sensation. There is no greater risk of them breaking than other condoms. In fact, we have our own ultra-thin, vegan buttercup condoms you must try. 

Why are some condoms flavored?

  • Condoms with flavored coatings are best used for oral sex.
  • Flavor is added to mask the taste of latex, making oral sex more enjoyable.
  • Flavored condoms may be just as safe as unflavored condoms in terms of pregnancy prevention, but beware that added sugars in the flavored coating could contribute to a vaginal yeast infection if they're used vaginally.
  • Sex is a fantastic, fun thing and should be embraced.

If he pulled out a condom, can I still get pregnant?

There is always the risk of getting pregnant regardless of what contraception you use. However, the risks are much smaller when using a condom. The male condom is an effective method to prevent pregnancy.

What are "dotted" or "ribbed" condoms exactly?

Condoms with stippled dots or lines on the outside are designed to add sensation and excitement to the sexual experience. Condoms come in a variety of styles and dotted condoms are placed in a pattern to potentially enhance sexual pleasure.


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