Choosing the right condom can make a whirl of difference for you and your partner. Not only are condoms 98% effective when used correctly, they act as a STI prevention barrier as well as a form of contraception. With over 100,000 people living in the UK with HIV, Worlds Aids Day highlights the importance of protection and awareness. So if you're trying to figure out what condom to purchase or how to correctly put one on, here is our step-by-step guide.
Choosing the right condom
Cost effective and easily accessible, using a condom has several benefits for both you and your partner. Designed to offer you both protection, condoms come in a variety of sizes and designs to enhance your lovemaking.
If you or your partner are worried about a reduction in sensitivity during sex, Durex Invisible, our thinnest condom increases sensitivity while providing a high level of security and protection for both of you and your partner. However, if you or your partner are allergic to latex, our non-latex condoms are great at preventing adverse reactions in your nether regions. While our ribbed and dotted condoms can help heighten sensations to help you both reach a mutual climax. Despite the variety that condoms offer, they can lose their effectiveness if:
- They are past the expiration date
- They have not been stored in cool area away for sunlight and extreme temperatures
- You don't squeeze the air out of the tip before penetration
- You use the wrong lubricant on them such as oil-based
- You don't use them every single time you have sex.
Cost effective and easily accessible, using a condom has several benefits for both you and your partner.
How to put on a condom
To make sure that you are maximising the full benefits of using a condom during sex, here are steps on how to put on a condom:
1. Before you use a condom, make sure to check the expiration date as outdated condoms are more likely to break.
2. Tear one side of the wrapper off the condom, making sure that you do not make contact with the condom. If the condom is torn, brittle, or stiff make sure to use another one.
3. Before you place the condom on, add a drop or two of lubricant inside to help the condom. This will help the condom to roll on to your partner's penis easier, making it more pleasurable for him during sex.
4. If your partner is not circumcised, pull back the foreskin before rolling on the condom.
5. Make sure to leave half an inch of extra space at the tip of the condom by pinching out any extra air. Not only will this help to collect semen, it can lead to a reduction of the condom breaking.
6. Have your partner roll the condom to the base of their penis while smoothing out any air bubbles.
7. Before foreplay, make sure that your partner has a condom on as any fluid that comes in contact with the vagina can contain sperm and can increase your chances of pregnancy and contracting a sexual transmitted infection.
How to remove a condom
Just as important as putting a condom on correctly, knowing how to remove one is vital for protection against STIs and unplanned pregnancies.
1. Have your partner pull out immediately after he has climaxed to avoid him going soft.
2. Make sure that they hold on to the base of condom to avoid semen spilling out.
3. Throw away the condom in the trash after finished.
4. If you want to go near the vagina area again, remember to use a new condom