Putting on a condom is a skill that most of us take for granted—we’ve been sexually active for years and using condoms during sex is second nature. You are using condoms, right? Good. Just checking. Anyway, over time, we might get into sloppy habits, assume we know exactly what we’re doing while missing a step, or just plain get complacent. So here’s a brief refresher on how to properly wrap that rascal before you and your partner get down to a serious love groove.
First, make sure that you’ve got lubrication on hand. Many condoms are manufactured with their own lube, but it’s often not quite enough for intercourse. Now that you’ve gotten your lubrication situation squared away, make sure that your penis is fully erect. One of the most commonly raised objections to wearing condoms is that putting one on destroys the mood. But you can have some fun with it. Putting on your condom can be an audience participation event, so if you’re not quite at full mast, be sure to invite your partner to give you a hand.
Okay, you’re standing tall and proud. The next step is to actually put this thing on. Place the rolled condom over your penis, pinch shut the tip that serves as the reservoir, and unroll the entire length of the condom over your penis. If you find it very difficult to roll the condom all the way down the shaft of your penis, it might be because you’re using a condom that’s too small. Have a look at the size chart to make sure you’re getting one that is the right fit for you. Make sure that you haven’t got any air trapped in the condom—that can lead to breakage and defeat the purpose of our endeavors. Once you’ve completed this step, your condom should be snug and secure, ensuring that you’re all set and ready for hot, safe sex.
Condoms are one of the simplest prophylactics ever developed and one of the most effective STD defense measures. They’re easy to put on and with the types of rubber used in today’s condoms, it doesn’t feel like you’re going in wearing a wetsuit. Be safe, have fun, and always remember your condoms.