How to correctly use a condom

By Faeza
10 March 2017

Condoms have been around since the 1500s in variations that included oiled silk paper and lamb skin. Today, condoms, which are now made with latex, have become the go-to protection. They protect against pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and they are generally believed to be the most reliable form of protection and birth control.

An international organisation that promotes safer sex and planned pregnancy called Planned Parenthood states that, “Adding condoms to your birth control line-up can give you extra pregnancy protection. No method is 100% effective, so adding condoms as a backup helps you prevent pregnancy if you make a mistake with your other methods or it fails. If you use condoms perfectly every single time you have sex, they’re 98%

effective at preventing pregnancy.” For a condom to work as effectively as possible,

it needs to be used correctly. This includes its condition when you buy it, how you store it and how you put it on.


Using a condom correctly starts before it is even put on. Condoms come with an expiry date, which needs to be checked when buying or getting condoms from government clinics and hospitals. Expired condoms can become dry and fragile, causing them to break easily. Also, always check if the package is not damaged or torn. Of equal importance is where you store a condom. It needs to be in a cool, dry place that doesn’t have direct

exposure to the sun.


When it’s time to get down to the deed, a condom needs to be put on only when the manhood is completely erect and should be worn during the entire time of the intercourse.

? The rim of the condom should be on the

outside and rolled down. If it’s put on the

wrong way (with the rim inside out), take it off

and use a new one.


? Gently squeeze the tip of the condom, place it

on the tip of the manhood and roll down until

the condom reaches the base. Leave space at the

top to collect semen.

? After use, when you have ejaculated, remove

the condom while the manhood is still hard,

making sure that the semen doesn’t spill.


Want to protect yourself but think condoms

are boring? Think again. Not only are condoms

available in various flavours, they’re also ribbed

and studded. Some are extra thin so they feel as

close to having sex without a condom as possible.

There are also variations that help with climax

control and premature ejaculation.


¦ If you or your partner are allergic to latex (the

rubber material used to make condoms), you can

use non-latex condoms.

¦ If the condom breaks, go to a doctor or clinic

that provides free Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP).

This is treatment given to reduce the chances of

contracting HIV after possible exposure. At the

clinic or doctor, you will be tested for HIV and

other STIs. If you’re HIV negative, you can go on

PEP and antibiotics for STIs. It’s also worth getting

emergency contraception to prevent pregnancy