A condom is a rubber sheath that fits over the penis to stop sperm from getting into the vagina. It's like a very thin and stretchy tube-shaped bag, with a teat at the closed end to collect the sperm.
Condoms come in different sizes, styles and shapes. Condoms can be made out of latex, polyurethane, or lambskin. You can get them lubricated or non-lubricated.
They are easily available, cost effective and also prevent Sexually Transmitted Infections/Diseases (STD/STI). To add spice to your sex life, try condoms in many flavours and variations like ultra thin, chocolate/strawberry flavoured etc.
How to use condoms
- Tear open the package carefully
- Pinch the tip
- Roll the condom over the penis
To find out all the details, see putting on male condoms.
- There are usually instructions on the package to show you how to put on a condom. Read them carefully if you're not sure.
- Use a condom only once. Check out your condom size.
- Condoms have an expiration date on the package. Make sure the condom isn't out of date.
- Put the condom on before you touch a woman's vaginal area with your penis. The fluid that comes out before you ejaculate can pass on STDs. And you might have already released some sperm that could get your partner pregnant.
- If the condom is brittle or stiff, throw it away and use another one, because brittle or stiff condoms are more likely to slip or break during sex.
- If you'd like extra lubrication, use a water-based lubricant. Spit can also work well. Avoid using oil-based lubricants because they can damage latex condoms.
Taking off a condom
- Take your penis out before it gets soft.
- Hold the condom at the base as you pull out so no semen spills.
- Wrap the condom in a tissue and throw it away in a garbage bin. If you prefer you can tie a knot at the base to stop the sperm coming out. Don't put the condom down the toilet. See more details on how to dispose condoms safely.