Using a Condom Correctly

Before Intercourse

  1. Make sure to look for the expiration date on the condom as well as making sure there are no holes or tears on the condom package. This could mean the condom is old, dry and brittle and could break easily.
  2. Carefully remove condom from package. Avoid using teeth to tear open; this may cause you to rip the condom.
  3. Pinch condom tip to remove any air and place on tip of penis. Any air trapped in the condom could cause the condom to break while engaging in intercourse.
  4. While still pinching tip of condom, roll the rest of the condom down all the way to the base of the penis
  5. Only use water-based lubrication to avoid breakage or damage to the latex.

After Intercourse

While penis is still erect, grasp firmly at the base and slide condom off ensuring no fluid escapes. Dispose in trash. Do no reuse!


Watch an instructional video on the topic of correct condom use.
Condom Use