How to use a condom

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How do you put a condom on correctly?

  1. Tear open the wrapper and carefully remove the condom. Don’t use your teeth or scissors! And be careful with sharp nails and rings. You mustn’t damage the condom.
  2. Make sure that the rolled-up side of the condom is on the outside (test this by holding the edge of the condom between your thumb and index finger to feel which way it rolls down easily). Pinch the tip of the condom with your thumb and index finger. That way you prevent any air bubbles. These can make the condom burst.
  3. Keep pinching the tip. Place the condom with one hand on the erect penis and roll it down as far as possible with the other hand. Ensure there’s enough space in the tip of the condom. This is where the semen is caught. If you didn’t manage to put the condom on properly, remove it and use another one. Start again at step 1.
  4. Once you’ve had an orgasm, withdraw the penis before it becomes too soft. Hold on tight to the condom edge when you’re pulling out to make sure the condom doesn't slide off accidentally. Tie a knot in it and throw it in the bin (never in the toilet, as that may cause blockages).

Video: Bringing it up & putting it on

How do you start a conversation about condoms? How do you put them on properly? Watch this video and hear about other young people’s experiences.