How To Put On A Condom

How to put on a condom is an important skill to learn if you have a penis, or if you’re having sex with someone who does. This page provides resources and a video about condoms and how to put them on.

Condoms are one of the most effective methods of preventing the transmission of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). They are also a reliable form of contraception, protecting against unwanted pregnancies when used correctly and consistently. Educating adolescents about condom use enables them to make informed decisions about their sexual health. It helps them understand the risks associated with unprotected sex and the available methods of protection. Armed with this knowledge, they are better equipped to make choices that prioritise their well-being.

The external (male) condom is a highly effective barrier method when used correctly. It has a 98% success rate in preventing pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV. However, its effectiveness decreases to 82% when you don’t use them correctly.

This type of condom is placed over the erect penis before sexual intercourse. This creates a physical barrier that prevents the transfer of sperm thus reducing the risk of pregnancy and STI transmission. Most external condoms are made of latex and can be used for vaginal, anal, and oral sex.

How to put on a condom:

  • Take the condom out of the packet, taking care not to tear the condom.
  • Do not open the packet with your teeth.
  • Hold the teat at the end of the condom between your finger and thumb to make sure it goes on the right way round and that there is no air trapped inside.
  • Still holding the teat, place the condom over the tip of the erect penis.
  • Gently roll the condom down to the base of the penis.
  • If the condom will not unroll, you are probably holding it the wrong way round.
  • If this happens, throw the condom away, as it may have sperm on it, and start with a new condom.
  • After sex, withdraw the penis while it is still erect. As you do this hold the condom at the base of the penis to make sure it does not come off.
  • Remove the condom from the penis, being careful not to spill any semen, wrap it in tissue and put it in the bin.
  • Do not flush it down the toilet.
  • Make sure the man’s penis does not touch the genital area again and, if you have sex again, use a new condom.


A condom is for single use only.

Condoms have several advantages: they are easily accessible, they allow both partners to share responsibility for contraception. They protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unplanned pregnancies, and they have no medical side effects. However, there are some disadvantages, including: the need for practice in using them correctly, potential damage if mishandled or used with oil-based lubricants, and the requirement to use them before their expiration date.

At Debunking the Myths we believe that teaching proper condom use empowers adolescents to take control of their reproductive health and make responsible choices. Encouraging open discussions about condom use can help reduce the stigma associated with this topic. Adolescents who understand the importance of protection and have access to condoms are more likely to engage in safer sex practices, reducing their risk of negative consequences related to unprotected sex. By promoting comprehensive knowledge about contraceptives, teens can take charge of their reproductive health, communicate effectively with partners, and engage in consensual and be responsible for their own safe sexual practices.