How to use a condom

Always use condoms with a CE mark or a BSI kitemark on the pack. Don't use the condom after the use-by-date. Remove any rings or rough edges of fingernails, which might split the rubber.

Firstly you should always discuss using a condom with your partner before any sexual contact.

If the condom splits or you forget to use it, act quickly. Ask about emergency contraception at your local sexual health clinic or family doctor’s surgery. You must go as quick as possible. What you say to a doctor is confidential.

A guide to male and female condoms

Male and female condoms are barrier methods of contraception and the male condom offers protection against many sexually transmited infections. Their contraception action stops sperm meeting an egg. A male condom fits over a man’s erect penis and is made of very thin latex (rubber) or polyurethane (plastic). A female condom is made of very thin polyurethane. It is put into the vagina and lines it. Femidom is the only female condom available in the UK, however it is not available within the Sexual Health Clinics in Ayrshire.

You can get male condoms free from sexual health clinics, with a C -Card from your local pharmacy and from some GPs. You can also buy male and female condoms from a pharmacy or through mail order as well as from vending machines, supermarkets, garages and other shops.

How to use male condoms

  • Always use a new condom with a CE mark or a BSI kitemark on the pack. Don’t use the condom after the use-by-date.
  • Remove any rings or rough edges of fingernails, which might split the rubber.If the inner package round the condom is damaged in any way, do not use it.
  • Open the package carefully so as not to damage the condom inside.
  • Check that the condom will unroll – the teat end might be inside out! If you accidentally start unrolling a condom inside out, throw it away and start again with a fresh one.
  • Put the condom on as soon as the penis is hard (erect) well before there is any contact with the mouth, vagina or anus and not just before ejaculation (“coming’).
  • Roll the condom down the erect penis, gently squeeze the top of the closed end between your finger and thumb to get rid of any trapped air
  • Make sure the condom is the right size –too small and it may break – too big and it may slip off.
  • Apply lubrication to condom(optional). Don’t put lubrication inside a condom – it is more likely to slip off. 
  • Intercourse takes place
  • Ejaculation happens (you “cum”)
  • Hold the rim of the condom so that no semen spills out
  • The penis must be withdrawn before the erection/ “hard on” is completely lost
  • Carefully slip the peins out of the condom
  • Wrap the condom in a tissue and throw it away in the bin, don’t put it down the toilet.
  • The penis should not be put back into a partner without using a new condom. So change condoms during sex if you’re having sex for a long time.

How to use female condoms

  • Always use a new condom with a CE mark or a BSI kitemark on the pack. Don’t use the condom after the use-by-date.
  • Remove any rings or rough edges of fingernails, which might split the rubber.If the inner package round the condom is damaged in any way, do not use it.
  • Open the package carefully so as not to damage the condom inside.,
  • Rub the condom to spread the lubricant
  • Hold and squeeze the pliable ring
  • Insert into the vagina as far as it will go
  • Push up into vagina and ensure condom is not twisted
  • Guide the penis inside the condom
  • Intercourse takes place
  • Ejaculation happens
  • Squeeze and twist the outer ring, pull out, wrap in a tissue and throw it away in the bin, don’t put it down the toilet

Hints

  • For extra moisture and comfort use any water based lubricant 
  • Remember that water based lubricant is equally as important as condom use when engaging in Anal sex. Use a water based lubricant like KY Jelly or Senselle. DO NOTuse Vaseline, baby oil or other oil-based lubricant or creams with a condom because they can perish rubber within minutes. Add extra lubricant if: the outer ring of the Femidom is pushed inside the vagina, the penis sticks, you hear noise during sex

If you are worried about having had unprotected sex and sexually transmitted infections you can get a check up at your local Sexual Health Clinic.