1) Check that the condom foil is in tact, that it is within the expiry date and that it has the BSI Kitemark and CE mark. Tear along one side of the foil making sure that you do not damage the condom with sharp fingernails or jewellery as you squeeze the condom out.

 

2) Put the condom on when the penis is erect, but before contact with your partner as fluid is often released in the early stages of an erection. This can cause pregnancy and pass on an infection.

 

3) Hold the condom teat between the thumb and finger making sure the condom is the right way for unrolling. This expels air from the teat reducing the chance of it bursting.

 

4) Using your other hand unroll the condom down the entire length of the penis, while still holding the teat. Make sure the condom stays in place during sex. If the condom should come off then open an new condom and put it on before continuing sex. If this happens, the female should attend a post-coital contraception as a precaution against unintended pregnancy.

 

5) After ejaculation make sure you hold the base of the condom in place as you withdraw, only when the penis is completely withdrawn
can you remove the condom. Make sure you keep the penis and used condom away from the vagina and anus.

 

6) After use make sure you dispose of the condom hygienically, wrap it in tissue and place it in a waste bin. Do not flush it down the toilet.

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