condom do's and don'ts

  • Check that the condoms have the BSI or CE kitemark on the pack (See the image below)

  •  BSI Kitemark

  • Check the use-by date.

  • Condoms come in different shapes and size's, just like penises do. Experiment to find the best fit.

  • Take the condom out of the packet carefully making sure not to rip it with your nails, teeth or rings.

  • Put the condom on after the penis gets hard - and before there is any genital contact between partners.

  • Pinch the teat at the end to push the air out, and place the condom on the tip of the penis. Keep pinching while you unroll the condom over the head of the penis. Then continue unrolling all the way down.

  • If you're using a water-based lubricant, now is the time to coat the condom. But be careful of oil-based lubricants or products as they can disintegrate the condom.

  • After ejaculation, hold the condom on at the base until the penis is withdrawn and then take it off, wrap it in tissue and bin it (not down the toilet).

  • Always use a brand new condom if you have any sexual contact again - they can only be used once.

  • NEVER put lubricant (lube) inside a condom - it makes it more likely to slip off.

  • If you use lube, make sure it is water-based lube. Any oil-based substance will weaken the condom.

  • After he comes, the man should hold the condom in place and withdraw while still hard.

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bust those condom myths

Condoms DO NOT stop men feeling anything. They are made of extremely thin latex or plastic and have little effect on the sensations felt during sex.

Condoms DO NOT make men lose their erections. If a man loses his erection when he puts on a condom, it is probably because he feels anxious. If he learns to focus on pleasure instead of performance, this problem usually disappears.

Condoms DO NOT have microscopic holes in them that can allow sperm or STIs through.

They DO NOT have holes in them, full stop.

If you are using sex toys, you need to use a new condom for each partner. Sex toys should be washed with soap and water between sessions.



dental dams

dental dam is a very thin soft plastic square about 15cm by 15 cm which you can use to cover the anus or female genitals during oral sex. It acts as a barrier to help prevent sexually transmitted infections passing from one person to another.

It is a good idea to use one for all female oral sex but particularly important if you have cuts or sores in the mouth or lips.

For more information contact your local sexual health clinic via Sexual Health Hertfordshire