Does anyone have any advice on how to put a condom on? Kind of embarrassed to ask
Hi, Katie from Brook here
There is no need to be embarrassed about a lack of confidence when it comes to condoms. Many people struggle with condom use, and it's great that you want to know how to protect yourself!
Fact: When used correctly condoms are 98% effective at protecting against pregnancy.
1. Before opening, feel for the rib of the condom inside the packaging and push it to the side so that when you tear it open you don’t tear the condom as well 2. Unroll the condom a bit to check it is the right way round (it will only unroll if it’s the right way). Do this BEFORE it touches the penis 3. Pinch the tip of the condom between your thumb and forefinger to get rid of any air 4. Put it on the penis as soon as it is erect (hard) or on the sex toy before it goes near anyone’s mouth, vagina or anus 5. Use your other hand to roll the condom down the penis or sex toy all the way to the base If you are having anal sex, you should use additional water-based lubricant which you can apply directly to the anus or on the outside of the condom 6. Check the condom is in place during sex 7. After ejaculation, hold the condom on at the base until the penis is withdrawn and then take it off, wrap it in tissue and throw it in the bin (not down the toilet)
If you’re doing all this but the condom won’t go all the way down your penis, you may need to use a different sized condom. You can have a chat about condoms at your local sexual health service. They won’t judge you – they’re there to help and you have a right to enjoy sex safely.
Make sure to check in with your partner to see how they are feeling and enjoy!