How to use condoms: a mini-guide

Nothing says mood killer more than watching someone struggle to use a condom which is why we are here to help you master them.

How to put on a condom

Imagine, there you are at the height of intimacy with your partner and you look over to see them wrestling with the condom wrapper… and if that’s not enough of a mood killer for you then watching them struggle to put the condom on definitely will be.

We’re not trying to shame anyone here, but we all have to admit that watching someone struggle to use a condom isn’t exactly a turn-on now is it? Not only can it be a mood killer, but it may result in the condom being put on incorrectly. Some have struggled so much that they have abandoned using condoms altogether.

Condoms can only protect you against STIs, HIV and unplanned pregnancies if they’re used correctly. So here is our step-by-step guide to getting to grips with how to use them:

STEP ONE: Open the packet CAREFULLY

After checking that the condom is not past its use-by date (the use-by date is printed on the wrapper), open the packet carefully.

Don’t tear the packet open forcefully or worse try to be sexy by opening it with your teeth. (Yes, some people do that – don’t ask us how we know…) Take your time and open it slowly to make sure you don’t damage the condom inside the packet.

STEP TWO: Put it on the right way around

The rim (which is the thick circular part) should be on the outside, that way it will unroll easily and most importantly quickly! If you put your condom on a flat surface and it doesn’t look like a little hat – and the rim part is facing inwards, you’re about to put it on the wrong way.

STEP THREE: Pinch the tip

Pinch the tip of the condom and place it on the head of your fully erect penis. Be sure to leave some space at the top to collect your semen. If you’re uncircumcised, it might be more comfortable to pull your foreskin back before placing the condom on the tip of your penis and rolling it down.

STEP FOUR: Unroll it

Unroll the condom down the shaft of your penis all the way to the base. If you want you can add lube to the outside of the condom after it’s on your penis. Water-based or silicone lube can make sex feel even better, and it helps stop condoms from breaking. Remember, there is no shame in reaching for the lube!

Be sure not to use any oil-based lubricants because they can damage condoms and may cause them to break

STEP FIVE: Get rid of it

Once you’ve ejaculated, hold onto the rim of the condom and pull your penis out of your partner’s body. Carefully take off the condom away from your partner so you don’t accidentally spill semen on them. If you want to avoid making a mess then be sure to do this before your penis goes soft – that way the semen stays in the condom and doesn’t spill.

We’re sure we don’t have to tell you what to do next – THROW IT AWAY! Don’t flush condoms – they’re bad for the environment and could block your toilet.


If the scenario at the beginning of this blog seems oh too familiar then practice. Some people use a banana, some a cucumber or some just use the real thing.

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