Health Sex and sexual health Sex How to put on a condom HOW TO PUT ON A CONDOM Step 1 When your penis is hard, take the condom out of the wrapper carefully using your fingers. Using your teeth to tear the packet could damage the condom. Squeeze the air out of the teat on the tip of the condom (if there is one) and put it over the end of your cock. Don’t stretch it and then pull it over your cock as this will make it more likely to break. Step 2 Roll it down the length of your penis – the further down it goes the less likely it is to slip off. Put some water-based or silicone-based lubricant over your condom-covered penis. Put plenty of lube around his arse too. Don’t put any lube on your penis before you put the condom on, as this can make it slip off. Step 3 Check the condom occasionally while having sex to ensure it hasn’t come off or split. If you have sex for a long time you will need to keep adding more lube. When you pull out, hold on to the condom and your penis at the base, so that you don’t leave it behind. Pull out before your penis goes soft. Lube When you don’t use enough lube, or use the wrong kind, the likelihood of condom failure is increased, making transmission of HIV and other STIs possible. Water-based lubes (e.g. K-Y, Wet Stuff and ID Glide) and silicone-based lubes (Eros Bodyglide and Liquid Silk) work well with condoms. Oil-based lubricants like cooking oil, moisturisers, sun lotions, baby oil, butter, Crisco, Elbow Grease, etc. can also cause latex condoms to break. They can however be used with non-latex condoms, like Durex Avanti, Mates Skyn or Pasante Unique. Don’t use spit as it dries up quickly and increases the chance of your condom tearing. Useful links To buy cheap condoms and lube, visit the Freedoms shop at: www.freedoms-shop.com.