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Using a Condom Correctly.

Be safe, practice safe sex, it can be that simple. As a woman you certain do need to know how to put on a condom correctly. Never depend upon your partner to do it correctly. It's your body too, make sure it's done correctly every time

It can be fun too, and you take the worry out of sex and oral sex. Yes, fun? We'll tell you how.

Safe sex means making sure you don't get anyone else's blood, semen, vaginal fluids, or saliva in your body -- and protecting your partners too! Condoms, must be latex to to protect your from STDs, and HIV, and hopefully you know this. Yes, they can break, it does happen, but in the United States every latex condom manufactured is tested electronically for holes before packaging.

Condom breakage rates are low in the U.S., no higher than 2 per 100 used. You've got to use them correctly every time you have sex, never reuse them.

The best condoms for anal and vaginal intercourse are lubricated latex condoms. We do not recommend lambskin condoms because they don’t block HIV and STDs. Polyurethane condoms are good, but may not protect as well as latex (they are still being tested). Using a lubricant will make things go smoother. (And they also can add to pleasure).

Lube is especially great for women the first time you have intercourse, or if you tend to get sore. Always use a water-based lube (such as KY Jelly, Astroglide, Aqua Lube, Wet, or Probe). Oil eats wholes into latex. NEVER vaseline, hand creams or lotions as a lubricant. Also, treatments for yeast infections contain oil and will break latex. You can buy water-based lube and condoms at the drugstore and you do NOT need a prescription. Even Walmart sells them and they also sell Astroglide.

Always use a condom. You might be in the mood without one, but you'll be glad you did later.

If you're going give a someone a blow job, a.k.a. oral sex or (fellatio) put a condom on it first. I know this sound gross, the flavored condoms or non-lubricated condoms are best for this. Whatever you do, don't get semen (cum) inside your mouth, because you could get an STD or HIV that way. (Yes, you can get Gonnorrhea in the throat, I've seen it in patients, it's not pleasant.) If you have a sore throat or small cuts on your gums, or cheeks, there is a risk of HIV going from the semen into your blood stream. Not the best time to give fellatio, abstain from that until they heal if you can.

If you're doing someone with a sex toy -- vegetable, dildo, vibrator, or whatever -- put a condom on that thing! Don't switch the toy from the anus to the vagina, or from one person's body to another, until you change the condom.

Some people think that putting on a condom is too much work when you're supposed to be having fun. But it's easy for condoms to be really fun and erotic. Be creative, in time you might be able to put one on with your mouth!

Here are some tips:

1. Make sure your condoms are fresh -- check the expiration date. Throw away condoms that have expired, been very hot, or carried around in a wallet. If you think the condom might not be good, get a new one. You and your partner are worth it!

2. That penis has to be hard before you put a condom on it.

3. Open it. Tear open the package carefully, so you don't rip the condom. Do this careful if you use your teeth.

4. If the penis his uncircumcised, pull the foreskin back first.

5. Make sure the condom is right side out. It's like a sock: there's a right side and wrong side. First unroll it about half an inch to see in which direction it is unrolling. Then put it on. It should unroll easily down your dick. If you start off wrong, try again with a new condom. You'll see when you practice. Guys and gals, practice rolling a condom on a banana, cucumber, or zucchi, so you are ready for action when you need it.

6. Hold the top half-inch of the condom between your fingers when you roll it down. This keeps out air bubbles, which can cause the condom to break. It also leaves a space at the end for the semen.

7. Roll the condom down as far as it will go. It should reach to the base of the penis.

8. For anal intercourse, use lots of lube. Water-based lube is great for vaginal intercourse, too. Put the lube on after you put on the condom, not before -- the condom could slip off. Add more lube often. Dry condoms break more easily.

9. Guys -- when you pull out hold the condom near your testicles so it doesn't slip off. Try to pull out while you're still hard. Take the condom off only after you are completely out of your partner.

10. Throw out the used condom right away. Never, ever, use the same condom twice! Never ejaculate more than once in the same condom. Remove it and dispose, in the garbage can or flush it.

11. Make putting on a condom part of your foreplay and you'll see that it can indeed be fun.

Wait! There's more information on Safe Sex.

Remember, nobody has a body to die for, always use a condom and be creative!

ALWAYS check the expiration date on the condoms wrapper before you use one!

Condom use instructions





Never use oil-based lubricants with condoms!  Use KY-Jelly, Wet™, Astroglide™ or other water-based lubricants, there are many brands now, even flavored lubricants that are safe if ingested.

Never use a condom more than once!

The spermicide Nonoxynol-9 and condoms: There is still some controversy over this; will keep readers updated on this matter as many condoms have a spermicide on them.

Check out: Fellatio - Tips To Give Your Partner a Mind Blowing Orgasm! at our sister site.

Some of the content here was used from the CPS: The Coalition for Positive Sexuality.

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