How to put on a condom

At some point, everyone has to put on a condom for the first time, whether on themselves, or their partner, and it can be a little tricky if you’re not used to it. Of course, it’s best to do a practice run before you put your faith in them to protect you from both pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. Luckily for you, Durex® condoms are designed to be easy on, and our line even offers extra thickness for added reassurance.

Below we’ve compiled the basics of putting on a condom.

The Four Stages

1) Open the condom pack carefully on one side to ensure you don’t tear the condom.

2) Make sure the condom is the right way round before you place it on (the rolled outer edge should face up). It’s helpful to unroll the condom slightly to make sure.

3) When you place the condom on the penis, squeeze the air out of the tip with one hand, and unravel downwards toward the base with the other. Keep your fingernails as far away from the condom as you can to avoid tearing it. There, the condom should be on safely.

4) Once finished, hold the condom at the base as you withdraw, then you can knot it before throwing it away.

Fairly simple, yes? And condom packets come with extra directions which should help clear up any unknowns. In addition to our tips, here are a few commonly asked questions that it’s important for you to know about.

What happens if the condom tears?

If a condom tears, you must not use it. They’re designed to be protective, and if the seal gives way at any point it is no longer safe to use. During sex, if the condom feels like it has given way, immediately check if it’s torn and, if it is, replace it with a new one. If you have concerns afterwards, see a pharmacist about purchasing emergency contraception, and visit a sexual health clinic if you are with a new partner.

Can you put a condom back on?

No. You should never use the same condom more than once.

Is spermicide essential?

One important component of condoms is spermicide, a chemical that kills sperm. Some Durex condoms that are designed to be extra safe contain spermicidal lubricant. For many, the condom itself is enough, but if you’re worried then choose condoms with spermicide.