How to use a condom

Ready for your first time, but feeling a little nervous and looking for some practical advice on how to use a condom? In this article, the LOVE Team will guide you step-by-step through the whole process. Read on and have fun!

Condoms help prevent sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and unwanted pregnancy. They're an essential ingredient for any risky sexual encounter, protecting the sexual health of both partners. To enjoy an unforgettable erotic moment with your partner, you should learn how to put on a condom correctly. Your session will be all the more pleasurable!

1. Check your condom

It’s important to give your condom a good look before using it. What should you be looking for?

  • Expiry date: The expiry date is always clearly visible, either on the box or on the wrapper itself. If your condom is expired, throw it out, as it may no longer be effective.
  • Visual inspection: There should be no tears or holes in the condom.
  • CE marking: Your condom must meet European safety standards.
  • Point of sale: Always buy your condoms in pharmacies, supermarkets or reputable online retailers to ensure that your condoms have been stored in optimal conditions and meet essential safety standards.

2. Put on your condom

  • Open the wrapper: Use only your hands, and especially not your teeth (or scissors), which could tear the condom. Remove the condom from the wrapper carefully. Be careful with long fingernails and sharp jewellery!
  • Put the condom on: Position it the right way round, on top of the erect penis and pinch the reservoir to expel any air trapped inside (and prevent the condom from breaking).
  • Unroll the condom: If it's fitted the right way round, you'll have no trouble unrolling the condom all the way to the base of the penis.

3. Make sure the condom is on properly and that it’s the right size

Condoms come in many different sizes, so it’s important to find the one that suits you best. The condom should be tight enough so that it stays on, but not too tight to make it uncomfortable.

Here’s how to find the right condom for you:

  • Proper fit: A condom should not slip during sex, so make sure the size is not too large.
  • Empty reservoir: Clearing the air out of the reservoir is a fundamental step (see above), so do not forget to do it.
  • Comfort: A condom should feel like you’re wearing nothing at all and should not compress the penis. If it does, go up a size.

4. Use lube


Although condoms are often pre-lubricated, you can always use more during sex (and, especially during anal sex).

  • Water-based or silicone-based lubricants are compatible with most condoms and will not damage them.
  • Oil-based lubricants should never be used with a latex condom as they will damage the texture.
  • Apply lube to your penis before and after putting on your condom.

5. Remove the condom

After ejaculating (and while you still have an erection), grasp the condom at the base of your penis and carefully remove it, taking care not to spill any semen near your partner. Tie the condom in a knot, wrap it in a tissue and dispose of it in a bin.

Using a condom protects you during sex, prevents unwanted pregnancy and shows respect for your partner. Using a condom will strengthen the bond between you and ensure an atmosphere of trust.

The LOVE Team is committed to your sexual fulfilment and health: if you would like more advice, feel free to contact us and we will be happy to answer all your questions!