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How to Use a Condom The Ultimate Guide

According to the Centre for Disease Control in the United States and a health protection report issued by the UK government, when used correctly latex condoms are “highly effective” in preventing the transmission of HIV and play a substantial role in reducing the risk of STIs like gonorrhea, syphilis, genital herpes, and chlamydia. Condoms are now so ubiquitous that they even have their own international day which “romantically” falls on St. Valentine’s Day (February 14th) of every year. What you might not realise is just how long condoms have been used...
[Credit: Much love to Your Tango where we sourced the great information for our timeline]
Also check out this video which recreates how condoms were made in Victorian times. Be warned though this video is not for the faint-hearted: the process is a little disgusting however it is interesting to compare the condoms of today to their much older versions!
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Stats on Condoms
When used correctly, it is said that condoms are 98% effective in preventing pregnancy.
9% of women used the pill in 2015, 8% relied on male condoms and 5% used injectables.
Male condom use was most prevalent in Europe (17% prevalence in 2015), and reached high levels in countries in Eastern Europe and Southern Europe.
[Source: un.org]
Condom Terminology Explained
Condoms Terminology Explained There are many types of condom available in the market and it depends for what purpose you are using the condom; that might sound silly because surely you think that the only purpose of a condom is to prevent STIs or pregnancy? Well, that’s not the case because with the advent of materials technology in the latex industry, some condoms come with attributes which help to stimulate both partners in penetrative sex, so some people actually choose to use condoms to enrich their sessions. That being said, there are many phrases and terms when trying to find the best condom for you that can leave you feeling a bit perplexed but never fear, we’ve broken it down for you below!
Some people have an allergy to latex which of course means that slipping on a latex condom isn’t an option. Non-latex condoms come in different materials such as polyisoprene and polyurethane. You can also get natural condoms which are commonly made of lambskin (yes animal membrane) but be warned, the lambskin variety isn’t effective in protecting against STIs.
These types of condoms feature a chemical lube which specifically kills sperm. Some people find that this lube gives them a reaction but you can also easily get condoms which specifically marked ‘non-spermicidal’.
You might see the phrase ‘ribbed for pleasure’ on the side of a condom package, this means that there are extra raised features or ‘ribs’ added to the length of the condom. Generally these ribs are present on the condom to pleasure the partner who is on receipt of the penetration. Ribbed condoms were developed by manufacturers to counteract those who believe that using condoms removes an element of sensation from penetrative sex. The ribs were thus added to these designs to ‘bring back’ sensation for those who felt regular smooth condoms lacked that attribute.
These are similar to ribbed condoms in that there are added features to the condom for the purpose of increasing pleasure. Dotted condoms have raised spots or ‘dots’ usually all over the condom to create extra friction and sensation. This texture on the outside of the condom will generally stimulate the person in receipt of the penetration rather than the wearer of the condom.
These types of condoms are definitely at the fun side of the scale when it comes to condom buying. Reasons why people would choose them is that some people detest the smell of regular latex condoms and so these condoms have a coated flavour which will mask that distinctive latex odour with an aroma that is more amenable like strawberry or pina colada. There are many, many types of condom flavours available and they vary from the sweet to the spicy and everything in between. Flavoured condoms are also great for oral sex should you wish to use a condom for oral. Many people do because STIs can be transferred via oral too (STIs can be transferred via blood, skin to skin contact, sexual fluids).

Using a Condom Correctly

Using a Condom Correctly
If you are going to the trouble of using a condom, you definitely want it to do its job. There are a number of reasons why your condom might not fulfill its purpose:
  • Condom Expiration The condom’s expiration date had passed
  • Condom used more than once The condom was used more than once
  • Damaged condom Something damaged the condom during or prior to use
  • Condom damaged by heat The condom was damaged by heat
  • Unrolled condom The condom was unrolled before placing it on the penis
  • Condom - extra friction Extra friction caused it to tear
  • Too big penis The guy’s penis was too big for the condom (or too small for that matter)
  • Tight vagina The girl’s vagina was tight
To further explain…
How to Use a Condom
See above where the expiry date of 10/2020 can be clearly seen. The date will also be present on the outer pack if you buy a multi-pack of condoms.
1 Condom Expiry Dates
Condoms have expiry dates for a reason; as we have outlined already, most condoms are made from latex and once an expiry date has passed, the condom is likely to lose its elasticity so it won’t fit right and therefore leakage could occur very easily. A condom’s expiry date is detailed on the condom wrapper.
2 Condom Used More Than Once
It sounds silly but it does happen! Guys and ladies for that matter can get swept away in the throes of passion (we’ve all been there!) and you get to the stage where you really want to have sex but you used your last condom on your last escapade maybe the previous night. It’s still lying there on your locker so the temptation arrives to re-use… what’s the harm in that right? Wrong! You should never reuse a condom - its efficacy won’t be the same even if you wash it out. The elasticity won’t be the same so it won’t fit correctly leading to lots of problems. You’re also leaving yourself and your partner open to nasty infections. Condoms are inexpensive and easily accessible so the moral of the story is to stock up when you buy them. And this rule applies even if the guy didn’t ejaculate in the condom the first time.
3 Damage to the Condom
This can happen very easily. If the female puts on the condom on the guy, there’s a chance that her jewellery will snag and tear it, the same goes for her nails or the guy’s nails for that matter so care is needed when you’re dealing with the placement of the condom once it’s out of the wrapper.
4 Heat Damage
It might sound like a great idea to keep a ‘spare’ condom in your car for any ‘emergencies’ but that’s something you need to rethink. Heat affects the efficacy of your condom and in a car, the heat can be intense at times. A wallet isn’t a great long-term storage idea either; the best thing to do is to keep a stash in your bedside locker and place one in your wallet when you go out but remove it again once you get home.
5 Unrolling the Condom Prematurely
The condom is meant to be rolled out from the tip of the penis once it’s erect; it’s not meant to be unrolled and shaken out before this. If you do this, it will be difficult to get it on the erect penis and not only will that kill the mood but if you manage to get the condom on, its efficacy is likely to be affected as it likely won’t be on correctly!
6 Extra Friction
Using a condom in anal sex is highly advisable especially when you aren’t 100% familiar with your partner’s sexual history. Anal sex is wonderful but because that area isn’t self lubricating naturally, when you use a condom, extra friction can be caused as a guy enters the partner. This extra friction can cause a condom to tear. The solution? Use lots of (condom friendly) lube.
7 Well Endowed
Though it’s not a bad complaint to have, if a guy is well endowed, then it often can cause issues in terms of getting a condom to suit them size wise. The condom might not fit correctly and due to this, it might result in it coming off, riding up or bursting during penetration. Not good! The good news is that you can get condoms in varying sizes so choose one to fit your size and be honest!
8 Tight Vaginal Entrance
Again it’s not a bad complaint to have but in saying that it is also something that can cause extra friction on a condom which can lead to damage during penetration. Just be sure to add plenty condom friendly lube before you get started and all will be fine.

Safe Disposal of a Condom

Once you are finished with the condom, check it to make sure it has no holes in it and that it still contains semen if ejaculation occurred. There is a possibility that a condom can burst, tear or fall off during use but studies show that this rarely happens if they are used properly. Rates of breakage during vaginal intercourse statistically can be up to 6.7%. Breakage rates during anal sex can be up to 12% so caution is definitely needed to ensure the condom is properly used. To safely dispose of it, simply wrap it in tissue or something similar and throw it in the bin safely ensconced where it will not be discovered by children or animals or pose a health risk to others. Condoms should not be flushed down the toilet as they can clog the system and cause you to have a plumbing issue which would most certainly kill the mood.
Watch this video to learn the full process of applying a condom and disposing of it correctly.
Female Condoms
How to Use a Condom: Female Condom
Image shows a female condom
Female condoms perform the same function as their male counterparts, that is to create a barrier between the male sperm and the woman’s vagina. Not only is this a method of birth control, it will also serve to assist in the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases between partners. Experts suggest that when used correctly, a female condom has the capability to reduce a woman's risk of contracting HIV by 94 to 97 per cent. So why has the female condom failed to live up to its male counterpart’s popularity? This is likely down to the fact that many journalists mocked it upon its release to market, doctors (GPs) ignored it, and women (and men) shunned it, claiming that the condom was aesthetically unappealing and technically difficult to get used to.
Today, only 1.6% of all condoms distributed worldwide are of the female variety.
Source: un.org
To Sum it Up...
So now you have the lowdown on all things condom, you’re all set to go forth and conquer albeit safely! We are excited about the range of condoms we can offer you and there’s something to suit all needs. Check the full condom selection out here! Condom