How to use a condom


   Be prepared... 




  •  Condoms can be bought by anyone at supermarkets and pharmacies. 
  • Condoms are also available for free at ACON.
  • Make sure you have condoms readily available and conveniently located for that moment of passion
  • Don't assume he will have the condoms, come prepared
  • If no condoms are handy at the time of a sexual encounter, you may easily be tempted to have sex without one.
  • Store condoms in a cool, dry place away from sunlight and heat. 
  • Do not carry condoms in your wallet for long periods of time.  Friction from opening and closing your wallet, and from walking (if you carry your wallet in your pocket) can cause weakness in the condom.

Get a few extra condoms to practice putting them onto your penis or onto penis-like objects. Get a feel for them and how they work. Throw these practice condoms away, you can't use them for sex now.

Before sex...

  • Check the condom use by date. Using a condom after the use by date has expired increases the chance that the condom will break.
  • Don't use a condom that is brittle, sticky or discoloured. These are signs of age, and old condoms are more likely to break.
  • If a condom package is damaged, don't use the condom because it may be damaged also.

Using the condom...







1. Push the condom to one side before opening the packet.

2. Squeeze air from the tip (this allows room for the semen), then roll the condom onto the penis.

3. Always use lots of water-based lubricant when having penetrative sex. Using other lubricants, such as baby oil or vaseline can cause the condom to break.

4. Pull out and check the condom occasionally, and re-lube.

5. Hold base of condom when pulling out.  Make sure that semen doesn't leak out of the condom.

The condom broke...

See the PEP sub menu on this page.

Don't forget ...

Use each condom only once.

Condoms can be used on Vibrators, dildos and sex toys to prevent infections being transmitted. 

Remember to use a new condom every time the toy etc is being used with a different person.




For more information check out:

NSW Health: Sexual Health and Condoms