How to put on male condoms?
1. Carefully tear open the package, starting from the serrated edge. The condom won't tear because it's flexible. But go gently, and don't use your teeth, or anything sharp, like scissors. Don't use the condom if the package is damaged or it's out of date.
Check which way the condom unrolls. If it's the wrong way round it won't roll over the penis. If you accidentally start putting the condom on the wrong way round, throw it a way and use a new one.
2. Pinch the tip of the condom to keep the air out so there's room to collect the semen.
3. Unroll the condom all the way to the base of the penis
Read more here about condoms, including safety tips and how to take them off.
Tips for using male condoms
Put it on with your mouth
Put the condom in your mouth, gently suck on the condom tip (teat) between your teeth, put the condom over the end of the penis in your mouth, then take the penis into your mouth to roll the condom down it. Try licking the condom all the way down.
If you want some extra practise before doing this on him, try practising on a cucumber or a dildo. This is a good technique to use if he says that wearing condoms or putting them on is awkward.
Give him the green light
Think of ripping open a condom packet as a ‘green light’ for sex. Taking a condom packet out and confidently ripping it open is a sexy way to show your partner that you’re ready for some penetrative action.
Use this on your partner especially if he’s not keen on the idea of using a condom. And add a bit of water-based lubricant on the inside of the condom so it slides on easily – not too much though, or the condom could slip off.
Slowly slide a condom on him, gently caressing his penis, testicles or anus. To add some variation, ask him to put on a condom and show you how he likes to be touched. Let him know it turns you on.
Use thin condoms for a skin-to-skin feeling
Thinner condoms are no more likely to break than thicker or regular condoms when you’re having sex, even if you’re having anal sex. So to feel extra close, try using some thinner ones next time. This is a good option if you and your partner want to feel even closer during sex.
Messy is sexy
If you like sex that’s messy, and watching your partner come, get him to pull out before he ejaculates. He can take off the condom and come all over your chest, breasts or back.
How to put in female condoms?
Female condoms aren’t just for women. In Zimbabwe, men use the word ‘tekenyenza’ to describe the gorgeous tickle he feels when his penis rubs on the inner ring of the female condom.
After putting in a lubricated condom, some Indian women said they had their first orgasms!
1. Squeeze the inner ring (the smaller one), making the sides touch.
2. Push the inner ring in as far as it will go. Leave the larger ring on the outside.
3. Guide your partner's penis into the outer ring.
4. When you've finished, twist the condom three times, then pull it out.
Tips for using female condoms
“Tease me, tease me, till I lose control”
Get your partner to put the condom in your vagina, and then using fingers or his penis to gently massage the outer ring on your labia or clitoris.
“Look but don’t touch”
Alternatively, you could put the condom in while your partner watches. Tell your partner that he can look but not touch!
“Bump and grind”
Many women like it when their partner hits the inner ring of the female condom. Try it to see if you like it too… Apparently, this is pretty erotic for the guys – so much so that in Ghana men buy female condoms to masturbate with!
“You’re making me so hot”
Unlike most male condoms, female ones are made out of polyurethane, which is thinner than latex. So much so that when you’re having intercourse you can feel your partner’s body heat.
“It only makes that noise when you’re doing it right”
Female condoms can make a crinkly noise when you’re having sex, which can put some people off. However, you can tell your partner it only makes sexy noises when he’s doing it right!