Ask Rebel: Condom Use Guide: Mastering Safe Sex

Dear RebelRed,

I am a teenager who's recently become sexually active. I know the importance of safe sex, and I understand that using condoms is a key part of that. However, I'm not entirely sure how to correctly use them. Can you explain the proper way to put on a condom?

Signed, Safe but Unsure

Dear Safe but Unsure,

Thank you for your letter. Your dedication to practicing safe sex is commendable and extremely important. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to correctly use a condom:

  1. Check the Expiry Date: Before anything else, make sure your condom is not expired. An expired condom can break or fail, which defeats its purpose.

  2. Open the Package Carefully: It's essential to be gentle when opening the package to avoid damaging the condom. Don't use your teeth or scissors as they could tear the condom.

  3. Hold the Tip: The condom should be put on when the penis is fully erect. Pinch the tip of the condom to leave a small space at the end to collect semen. This step is crucial to prevent the condom from breaking.

  4. Roll it Down: With your other hand, unroll the condom down the shaft of the penis, all the way to the base. If it doesn't roll down easily, it might be on backwards or too tight.

  5. Smooth out any Air Bubbles: Air bubbles can increase the chance of the condom breaking. Smooth these out.

  6. Use Lubricant If Needed: If you're using a lubricant, make sure it's water-based or silicone-based as oil-based lubricants can cause the condom to break. Apply the lubricant on the outside of the condom.

  7. After Sex, Hold the Rim and Pull Out: After ejaculation, while still erect, hold the rim of the condom and carefully withdraw from your partner to avoid any spillage.

  8. Dispose of the Condom Properly: Tie off the open end and throw it in the trash. Do not flush it down the toilet as it can clog pipes.

Remember, using a condom is a crucial part of having safe sex, but it's also vital to get regular sexual health check-ups and to have open conversations about safe sex with your partner. It's great to see that you're taking initiative to educate yourself and stay safe.


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