Fitting a condom properly is important for both effective contraception and protection against sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to fit a condom correctly.
Check the expiration date
Be sure to inspect the expiry date printed on the condom’s packaging. Do not use condoms that have expired.
Choose the right size
Condoms are available in different sizes, so select one that provides a comfortable fit. A condom that is too tight may be uncomfortable, and one that is too loose may not provide adequate protection. Condoms are typically labeled as “small,” “regular,” or “large.”
Open the package carefully
Be sure not to tear the condom while opening the package. Use your fingers to gently tear it open along the edge.
Check the orientation
Ensure that you are holding the condom in the correct orientation. The rolled edge should always be on the outside.
Pinch the tip
Before unrolling the condom onto the erect penis, pinch the tip of the condom to leave a small reservoir for semen. This prevents air bubbles and provides space for ejaculate without risking the condom’s integrity.
Unroll the condom
While holding the condom’s tip, smoothly slide it down the erect penis to ensure it wraps around the entire shaft.
Smooth out air bubbles
After the condom is unrolled, use your fingers to smooth out any air bubbles and ensure that it is snug against the skin. A properly fitted condom should feel secure but not overly tight.
Use lubrication if needed
If additional lubrication is desired for comfort, you can use a water-based lubricant. Do not use oil-based lubricants, as they can weaken latex condoms.
Ensure that the condom remains in place during intercourse. If it starts to slip off, becomes damaged, or you suspect it has been compromised in any way, stop and replace it with a new condom.
After ejaculation, withdraw the penis while holding onto the base of the condom to prevent it from slipping off. Be careful not to spill semen.
Dispose of the condom properly
Tie a knot at the open end of the condom to prevent any spillage, and then dispose of it in a rubbish bin. Do not flush down the toilet!
Remember that condoms are for single-use only. Never reuse a condom, and always use a new one for each sexual encounter. Using condoms consistently and correctly is an essential part of safe and responsible sexual activity. If you have any doubts or concerns about condom use, consider consulting a healthcare provider or a sexual health clinic for guidance and advice.
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