Safe Sexy Week: Condom Tips


  • DO use only latex or polyurethane (plastic) condoms.
  • DO keep condoms in a cool, dry place.
  • DO put the condom on an erect (hard) penis before there is any contact with a partner’s genitals.
  • DO use plenty of lubricant with latex condoms if you find vaginal sex is uncomfortable, or that condoms tend to rip or tear. Don’t use oil-based products with latex condoms(see DON’TS for more on this). Water-based lubes are condom-friendly but might increase the risks of STIs with anal sex. Consider using silicone-based lubricants for anal intercourse.
  • DO hold the condom in place at the base of the penis before withdrawing (pulling out) after sex.
  • DO throw the condom away after it’s been used.


  • DON’T use out of date condoms. Check the expiration date carefully. Old condoms can be dry, brittle or weakened and can break more easily.
  • DON’T unroll the condom before putting it on the erect penis.
  • DON’T leave condoms in hot places like your wallet or in your car.
  • DON’T use oil-based products, like baby or cooking oils, hand lotion or petroleum jelly (like Vaseline®) as lubricants with latex condoms. The oil quickly weakens latex and can cause condoms to break.
  • DON’T use your fingernails or teeth when opening a condom wrapper. It’s very easy to tear the condom inside. If you do tear a condom while opening the wrapper, throw that condom away and get a new one.
  • DON’T reuse a condom. Always use a new condom for each kind of sex you have.
  • DON’T regularly use lubricants with spermicide called nonoxynol-9 (“N-9”) as they may cause skin irritation or tiny abrasions that make the genital skin more susceptible to STIs.
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6 thoughts on “Safe Sexy Week: Condom Tips

  1. IzaakMak says:

    And you know how alcohol can screw with your judgment!

    I was searching for a short one with Eddie Murphy as Gumby, but I think he’s banned them all! 😆

  2. Rincewind says:

    “DON’T reuse a condom. Always use a new condom for each kind of sex you have.” ieeeh, but I guess there is someone out there who has done it, gross anyway…

    • veraroberts says:

      I would certainly hope people wouldn’t use a condom…however, it does remind me of a story…

      One partner I had…a long time ago, was insistent to use the same condom. Like he kept it on and just waited in between sessions. I was like, ‘Oh hell no.’ That shit ain’t going back inside again. He was smart enough to put a new condom on.

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