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For Teens: How to Use a Male Condom

A condom is a thin covering that fits over the penis. It catches semen that comes out of your penis during sex. Rubber (latex) or polyurethane condoms help protect you from AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). They can also help prevent pregnancy.

Man putting condom over tip of erect penis.
Place the rolled condom on the head of the hard penis. Leave room at the tip to catch semen.

Man rolling condom over erect penis.
Squeeze the air out of the tip. Unroll the condom over the entire penis.

Man holding condom at base of penis.
After sex, hold the condom at the base of the penis. Then pull out of your partner carefully.

In addition:

  • If you use a lubricant, make sure it’s water based. Don’t use petroleum jelly, oil, or hand cream. They can make the condom break.

  • Use a new condom each time you have sex.

  • You can buy condoms in a drugstore or supermarket. Keep them wrapped until you use them.

  • To prevent pregnancy, condoms work best if you use them with spermicide, also available in the drugstore or supermarket.

  • Keep condoms on hand. Store them in a cool place. Don’t keep them in your wallet or in your car.

Online Medical Reviewer: Donna Freeborn PhD CNM FNP
Online Medical Reviewer: Heather M Trevino BSN RNC
Online Medical Reviewer: Irina Burd MD PhD
Date Last Reviewed: 11/1/2022
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