The Oldest Profession

Some condom tips


A condom is essential wear

Getting used to condoms can take a little practice, but don't worry it doesn't take long before they start to feel like an essential part of your sex life. 

  • Always choose condoms that carry the European CE mark, a recognised safety standard. DO NOT use novelty condoms - they're not safe.
  • Always put the condom on well before you start to have penetrative sex (where the penis enters the vagina or anus).
  • Use a new condom every time.
  • If you are having a long sex session, change condoms after a while.
  • Never use two condoms together - whether that is two male condoms or a female and a male condom.
  • Heat can damage condoms so store them in a cool, dry place.
  • Check the expiry date - condoms don't last forever.
  • Buy condoms before going on holiday to avoid problems with language and availability.
  • For anal sex always use plenty of water-based lubricant such as KY jelly, Clinigel, Sensel or pharmacy own brand lubricating jelly.
  • For oral sex using a condom can protect against many STIs - try using flavoured condoms for variety.
  • If you buy condoms online, make sure you get them from a pharmacist rather than from people selling them on eBay or elsewhere.
  • Most condoms are already lubricated, but using extra lubricant from the chemist can prevent the condom tearing, especially with anal sex. Only use water-based lubricants (like KY jelly, Clinigel, Sensel or pharmacy own brand lubricating jelly) on latex condoms - never oil-based lubricants or baby oil as they can damage your condom.
  • Sex can feel better if you place a drop of lubricant in the tip of the condom before putting it on your penis. This is called 'gel-charging'.
  • Condoms containing Nonoxynol 9 should not be used for anal sex or by women who have lots of vaginal sex every day, such as those working in the sex industry.

For more information on sexual health (including HIV), call the Sexual Health Line free (from the UK) on 0800 567 123, textphone (for people with hearing impairments) 0800 521 361 or phone your local NHS sexual health clinic.


Article originally published by Condom Essential Wear