Let’s have a reality check, shall we? The majority of men dread and groan at the idea of using a condom. It can certainly take away from the moment when you have to pause as you’re doing your thing just to reach for that rubber, put it on and then feel almost nothing until you reach orgasm. Those pesky little rubbers really seem to get in the way, don’t they?
But boys, think with your head for once! As Lil Wayne once sang, “Safe sex is great sex, better wear a latex ‘cause you don’t want that late text that ‘I think I’m late text.’” These lyrics could not ring truer, unless of course you want to hear the words “Daddy” from an infant anytime soon.
But why wear a condom? Because it can prevent pregnancy and protect from STDs. Yes, we know! But here’s something you may not know – how to put a condom on. Yes, I probably sound ridiculous. Who doesn’t know how to put on a condom? Shouldn’t we all know by now, especially those of us who are sexually active already? You would think the answer is obvious, but many men actually don’t realize that they’re putting their condom on incorrectly or using it incorrectly. And in order for the condom to meet its highest potential for protection, it’s significant that you use it correctly.
There are many things to consider when using a condom in order to enhance protection and of course, pleasure. Here are some common mistakes:
1) You don’t use a lubricant.
Condoms increase friction during sex, which can cause dryness and make you feel uncomfortable. To prevent this, use water-based lubricants. Dr. Robin Milhausen of the University of Guelph conducted a study in which results showed that 63% of men did not use any lubricants and 2% used an oil-based lubricant. Oil-based lubricants have a tendency to cause breakage among certain condoms, especially latex condoms. Thus, water-based condoms are strongly recommended. Lubricants can be used on the outside and inside of the condom to allow the penis to move more freely and feel more natural. Only a drop or two is needed inside the condom and it’ll help you to slide it on.
2) You forget to let the air out of the condom.
If you don’t let the air out of the condom, it can put pressure on the latex, increasing the chance of breakage. When putting the condom on, leave some extra space at the tip to collect the semen and pinch the tip of the condom to let the air out, then smooth out any air bubbles the condom may have.
3) You don’t check for damage or the expiration date.
In some cases, condoms can become damaged during storage. They can even rip as you open the packaging, so be careful, especially when you’re using your teeth. Another important tip is to check the expiration date, as expired condoms tend to break more easily. Before putting on the condom, always check for any holes or rips, and make sure the condom isn’t grainy, stiff or brittle when you open it up. If it is any of the above, throw it out and use a new one.
4) You put the condom on too late.
Many men penetrate before putting on the condom. You can become so caught up in your steamy moment that you don’t realize you haven’t put on a condom yet, and by the time you do realize, you have already risked exposing yourselves to STDs. So before you enjoy your intimate moment, remember to get that condom on. Just think of the “no glove, no love” saying if you have to.
5) After sex, you don’t remove it correctly.
After all the fun and games, it’s time to take off the condom. But before removing it, make sure that you pull out before losing your erection and hold on to the base of the condom as you are pulling out to prevent the semen from spilling out. Always throw the condom out in the trash after wrapping it in tissue or toilet paper, and never flush it down the toilet.
And remember boys, don’t be cheap! (And ladies, it doesn’t hurt to have your own supply by the bed, just in case.) Always restock on condoms.
A condom should only be put on when you have an erection. If you lose your erection, throw it out and put on a new one. Always wear one condom per erection and never use a condom more than once.
Some other tips:
- If you are not circumcised, pull back the foreskin before rolling on the condom.
- Unroll the condom over the penis until you reach the base. It should roll smoothly and easily.
- An easy way to make sure you are putting the condom on the right way around is to roll a tiny amount of the condom to determine if the roll is on the outside of the condom. Before unrolling, you will notice that the flat inner part will pass under the rolled outer ring.
- There are a variety of condoms available. Get creative and use them to your advantage. Choose from textured/ribbed/dotted condoms, coloured condoms, flavoured condoms, and even glow-in-the-dark varieties. There are also condoms to increase sensation of pleasure. These can include super thin condoms for a more natural feel, pleasure-shaped condoms that are enlarged at the tip, and warming condoms that contain a warming lubricant to further heat up the moment.
- Novelty condoms can spice up the moment. Two examples of these are the French tickler, which has a rubber tip that creates a tickling sensation for the receiver, and edible condoms – condoms that can be eaten off. Novelty condoms defeat the purpose of condoms, as they do not protect against pregnancy or STDs, so keep this in mind.
- Condoms can actually help you last longer, especially for those who have trouble with premature ejaculation.
- Not all penises are the same shape, size and girth. So find condoms that fit you well and comfortably. You might have to shop around and experiment until you find the right ones.
Basic types of condoms:
- Spermicide: These lubricated condoms contain a chemical that kills sperm. They are safe to use for vaginal intercourse, but are not recommended to use for oral or anal sex.
- Spermicide-free: Some women and men are sensitive to spermicide, so these can be used as an alternative.
- Latex: These are the most common and most popular type of condoms.
- Non-Latex: Some women and men are allergic to latex. Thus, non-latex condoms will be ideal. Non-latex condoms are usually made from polyurethane, lambskin or other synthetic materials. Non-latex condoms are also ideal for those who prefer oil-based lube as only water-based lubricants should be used for latex condoms.
So boys, now that you know how to properly use a condom, stock up and show your partner what you can do (even if you do have to wear that pesky little rubber)!