Proper Use and Storage of Condoms

Condoms must be stored and used correctly to get maximum protection.

Proper use of condoms -

  • A new condom should be used for each act of intercourse.
  • Condoms have an expiry date and should not be used beyond the date of expiry.
  • The condom should be worn as soon as erection occurs but before sexual contact (vaginal, anal or oral).
  • The tip of the condom should be held and the condom should be slowly unrolled onto the erect penis, leaving space at the tip of the condom.
  • In uncircumcised men, the foreskin should be retracted before the condom can be rolled on.
  • Care should be taken to ensure that air is not trapped at the tip of the condom.
  • Only water-based lubricants should be used over latex condoms. Avoid using oil-based lubricants such as petroleum jelly, cold cream, moisturizer or baby oil that would weaken the condom.
  • The penis should be withdrawn from the partner immediately after ejaculation. The condom should be firmly held while doing so to prevent it from slipping off.

Storage of condoms -

  • Condoms can be affected by excessive heat and light and therefore it is not a good idea to store condoms in the wallet or back pocket.
  • Condoms should be stored in a cool, dry place. Before using, it is very important to check if the package has been damaged in which case it has to be discarded.

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