Everything You Need to Know About How to Use Condoms


Everything You Need to Know About How to Use Condoms

What’s the big deal?

Condoms are one of the most effective ways to prevent pregnancy and protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

But if they aren’t used correctly, you’re more likely to experience breaks, tears, and other issues that can put you and your partner at risk.

Read on to learn how to correctly use outside and inside condoms and dental dams, what to do if the condom breaks, and more.

How to determine that your condom is safe to use

You should always check that your chosen barrier method is safe to use before you plan to engage in intercourse.

Make sure to:

Check the expiration date. All condoms or dams have an expiration date printed on the box or the wrapper. Don’t use the condom after this date. Expired condoms may tear or break more easily.

Look for obvious defects. If a condom feels brittle or sticky, toss it and get a new one. If a condom is discolored, has an odor, or has any unusual textures, toss it. It’s better to use a condom you can trust.

Look for signs of friction. You probably know that you shouldn’t store condoms in your wallet or purse, but sometimes it’s unavoidable. If you do this, make sure to check for signs of friction on the wrapper. If the color has rubbed off, the condom inside is probably worn down, too. This means it’s more likely to break, so toss it and get a new one.