1. You must use condoms to reduce the risk of STDs and STIs. So far it’s the only contraceptive that does that.
2. You must NOT feel embarrassed about buying condoms. It shows you engage in safe sex and that you’re responsible. What’s there to be ashamed of?
3. You must have a condom with you at all times. So if and when things get steamy with your partner, you’re oh so ready!
4. You must store the condom pack in a cool, dry place. Heat will wear it down, while cold temperatures won’t keep it fresh.
5. You must NOT use an expired condom. An expired condom is less effective in preventing STDs, STIs, and pregnancy. Check the expiration date printed on the packaging. If a condom seems dry, sticky, or stiff out of the wrapper, don’t use it. Get a new one.
6. You must make it a part of your sex life. Whether you’re male or female, you must know how to put a condom on to make sure your partner is wearing it correctly. It’s also pretty sexy to be the one putting the condom on.
7. You must put a condom on only when there is an erection. Condoms perfectly fit erect penises.
8. You must only put ONE condom on. The friction between two or more condoms will cause them to break.
9. You must carefully open the condom packet. Tear by the corner to avoid ripping the condom with your fingernails or teeth.
10. You must put the condom on properly:
- Place the condom on the tip of the erect penis, with the rolled side out.
- Pinch the tip to leave a half-inch space for the semen to collect. (BTW, NEVER unroll the condom before putting it on. If the penis is not circumcised, pull back the foreskin before rolling the condom.)
- Hold the tip, then unroll the condom all the way to the base of the penis.
- Smooth out any air bubbles. Air bubbles can cause the condom to break.
- If you struggle putting it on, you could be rolling the condom from the wrong side. To take off the condom, DON’T roll it back up. Hold it near the rim and slide it off. Use a new condom.
11. You must always use a NEW condom each time you have sex. The safe and clean way to go!
12. You must change condoms if you are having vaginal sex after anal sex, and vice versa. Just to make sure you won’t get any infection.
13. You must withdraw properly. After ejaculation and before the penis gets soft, grip the rim of the condom and then withdraw.
14. You must use water-based lube if you want extra lubrication. Oil-based lube—like lotion and petroleum jelly—weakens latex and will break the condom.
15. You must only put the lube outside the condom. If you put lube on your penis before wearing a condom, the condom will slip off during sex.
16. You must check every now and then if the condom broke. If there’s a leak, stop and withdraw (see #13). And then put a new condom on.
17. You must properly dispose of the condom. Knot it first to prevent semen from spilling, then wrap it in tissue and throw it into the trash can.
Remember: No glove, no love!