Dr. Tim's Guide to Using a Condom

Timothy Cruz, MD

Dressing Up:
  1. Always check the expiration date! This should be your mantra. The dates are there for a reason. Do you drink milk much after it expires?!
  2. Open the condom packet with your hands, not your teeth. Remember, your fangs can be sharp and tear the condom!
  3. The condom should be placed on the penis so the inside crease of the rolled condom is on top. It will roll down easily that way. Practice makes perfect. (By the way, having the light on through this whole process helps.)  
  4. Choose a condom with a reservoir tip. Lightly pinch the top of the condom and place it at the top of the penis. This pinching keeps air out of the tip as the condom goes on. Trapped air may cause a condom to break.
  5. Roll the condom down until it is completely rolled out. If it's inside out, throw out the condom! Don't turn it the other way. When you touched it to the head of your penis, you just got so called "pre-cum" on it! Do you wear your dirty socks inside out (college students exempt from this question)?! 
  6. Do your business.


    Undressing:
  7. Withdraw your penis holding the condom at the base. This prevents the condom from slipping off.
  8. Take off the condom and tie it in a knot. Throw it in the trash. Flushing the condom down the toilet isn't exactly environmentally conscious. Fish don't like latex.

Here are some additional recommendations and facts:

  • Make it fun. Have your partner help you put on the condom.
  • A drop of water in the tip may increase sensitivity.
  • Always use water-based lubricant. No vegetable shortening, corn oil, lotion or petroleum-based products.
  • Uncircumcised guys should pull back the foreskin from the tip of the penis before unrolling the condom.
  • Don't store condoms in your wallet. Your body heat will break it down.
  • Condoms and lubricants come in many flavors these days. Explore your taste buds.
  • Condoms are mostly one size fits all, but there are some variations. Specially-packaged condoms report to fit most all shapes and sizes.
  • For those allergic to latex, there are newer types of condoms available. Remember, to be on the safe side, always use water-based lubricants with any type you use.

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