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Safe sex is good sex. It’s a simple motto to live by when you reach the ripe age of being a sexually active man in society. And the simplest way to live out that motto, is through regular condom use. Condoms are the best way to protect yourself and your partner from sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unintended pregnancy. Despite that fact, there’s still stigma claiming condoms as a sexual vibe killer. But that just isn’t the truth. So, here’s the 101 on everything you need to know about the male condom.

Why should I use a condom?

Sure, there are many forms of contraception available these days. But condoms are the only form of contraception that help to prevent pregnancy and STIs, including HIV. That’s because condoms act as a barrier to prevent bodily fluids like semen, blood, and vaginal fluids, from passing from one person to another. Using condoms is an absolute no-brainer when it comes to putting your health first and maintaining an active sex life.

When should I use a condom?

Condoms are the ultimate mate. They’re always looking out for you; providing you with the best protection against STIs while also preventing unintended pregnancies. So, don’t be silly. Pop a condom on your willy every single time you’re getting some action. Yep, that includes vaginal, anal and oral sex.

How do I use a condom?

Things are heating up, your condom is on standby and you’re ready for a shag. Now what?

  1. Double-check the expiry date on your condom packet hasn’t lapsed
  2. Carefully tear open the condom packet
  3. Pinch the tip of the condom to remove excess air
  4. Roll the condom onto the erect penis
  5. Apply water-based lubricant onto condom if you wish
  6. Engage in some mutually consented fun
  7. After ejaculation, remove the condom from the base
  8. Tie a knot in the condom and toss into the bin (do not flush down the loo)

What size condom do I need?

When it comes to condoms, size does matter. And, we’re not talking about buying the largest sized packet in the pharmacy. Because, if the condom doesn’t fit correctly, and it’s too big or too small, a sizing mishap will interfere with your sexual pleasure. STI and pregnancy prevention may also be compromised. So, buy a few packets and trial a few different sizes to feel out what’s most comfortable for you. There’s no shame in buying a smaller size; it’s all about how you use your equipment, anyway.

Where can I get condoms?

Condoms are super available these days, so there’s no excuse for not always having a couple on you. Pick some up from your local grocery store, pharmacy, petrol station, or convenience store. You can even organise an online condom subscription to futureproof your condom stash. Alternatively, check out your local community locations for free condom supplies.

How effective are condoms?

Theoretically, condoms have a 98% rate of efficacy if used 100% correctly every time you have sex. However, since there’s a high chance of human error in relation to using condoms correctly, the rate of efficacy drops to 82%.

What should I do if a condom breaks during sex?

If a condom breaks during sex, don’t panic. Simply withdraw your penis from your partner’s body, remove the broken condom, replace and continue if the vibe’s still flowing. There will be a chance that you and your partner have been exposed to each other’s bodily fluids, so make sure you both get tested for STIs as soon as possible. If you’re worried about pregnancy, organise emergency contraception for your partner. Youly is a great online service that offers same-day delivery of the morning after pill; share that tip with your female friends.

This guide is designed to be informative and educational. It is not intended to provide specific medical advice or replace advice from your medical practitioner.