HOW TO USE A CONDOM

Condoms reduce the risk of transmitting STIs by providing a barrier against the source of the infection. However, they do not completely eliminate the risks of pregnancy and STIs. To get the most protection from a condom, use one correctly every time you have sex. There are many STIs. A condom can reduce the risk of STI transmission (such as HIV infection (AIDS) and gonorrhea) to or from the penis. However, some STIs (such as Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and herpes) can also be spread by other sexual contact. Condoms are highly effective against pregnancy, less than 2 women in 100 get pregnant during one year of typical correct and consistent use. Other contraceptive methods are more or less effective than condoms. If you have any questions about birth control options, particularly because of health reasons for avoiding pregnancy, discuss with a health care provider or public health agency which would be your best choice.

Avoid exposure to direct sunlight or storage for prolonged periods at temperatures above 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

Directions for Use:

  1. Use a new condom for every sex act.
  2. Tear open the package carefully. Do not use fingernails, teeth, scissors, or anything that can damage the condom.
  3. Before any sexual contact, place the condom on the head of the erect penis. Be sure the rolled-up ring is on the outside. And leave space at tip to hold semen when you come.
  4. Squeeze tip gently so no air is trapped inside. Hold tip while you unroll condom all the way to the base of the erect penis. If the condom doesn’t unroll, it may be on backwards, damaged or too old. Throw it away and start over with a new condom.
  5. Immediately after ejaculation, hold the condom in place and withdraw the penis while it is still erect. Avoid spilling semen.
  6. Dispose of a used condom by wrapping it in tissue and throwing it in the trash. Wash your hands and genitals and surrounding areas and soap and water.

Warnings:

Caution: Latex condoms contains natural rubber which may cause allergic reactions. Most condoms also contain lubricant unless otherwise indicated. Some users are sensitive or allergic to lubricants. If you or your partner has had any reaction to latex rubber or lubricants, stop use and contact medical assistance.

For additional lubricants, use a water-based or silicone-based lubricant. DO NOT USE OIL-BASED LUBRICANTS, such as those made with petroleum jelly (e.g. Vaseline), mineral oil, vegetable oil, or cold cream, as these may damage the condom. Avoid contact with talcium/baby powder because it may contain oil.

If the female partner is using vaginal products for medical treatment purposes, the condom may be weakened and their effectiveness may be reduced.

Do not reuse condoms. Use a new condom for every sex act.

If the rubber material is sticky or brittle or obviously damaged, do not use the condom.

If the color is uneven or changed, do not use the condom.

Wash hands as well as penis, vagina and surrounding areas, before and after sex. This reduces the chance of infection.

Keep unused condoms in their packs in a cool, dry place (not in a wallet).

To avoid damage to furniture, do not place opened foil packet or used condom on any surface.