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Goals

Section 1
Section 2

- Information
- Objectives
- Male Condom
- Properties
- Latex
- Plastic
- Correct Use
- Breakage
- Behaviors
> Cautions
- Protection
- Female
- Characteristics
- Use
- Spermicides
- Characteristics
- Correct Use
- Preferences
- Diaphragm
- Characteristics
- Considerations
- Correct Use
- Fitting
- Follow-up
- Sponge
- New Methods

Section 3

Summary

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Section 2 - Method Information

Other Cautions for Correct Condom Use

  • Check package for damage and be sure condom
    is not dry or discolored
  • Use only water-based lubricants
  • Use a new condom for each act of intercourse
  • Avoid unrolling condom wrong side out and then flipping it over
  • Consider holding end of condom while unrolling it

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In addition to the four behaviors described above, there are other behaviors that can lead to condom breakage, contamination, or slippage that should also be avoided.

  • Carefully check the condom package to be sure that it is not torn or damaged. Check the expiration or manufacturer’s date on the package to be sure it is not expired. Do not use a condom that is brittle or dry or if it has changed color.
  • Use only water-based solutions such as K-Y jelly, spermicidal gels or creams, or saliva for lubrication. Oil-based products such as petroleum jelly, hand lotion, or mineral or vegetable oils should never be used because they can weaken latex in just a few minutes, making the condom more likely to break.
  • Use a new condom for each act of intercourse. A male condom should never be washed and reused as this also can substantially weaken the latex.
  • Starting to unroll the condom wrong side out on the penis and then flipping it over to put it on correctly may contaminate the outside of the condom with pre-ejaculatory fluid containing STD microorganisms. If this happens and it is suspected that contamination has occurred, the condom should be thrown away and replaced with a new one.
  • Many condoms have a receptacle on the end for semen. If the condom does not have one, some recommend holding the end of the condom while unrolling it onto the penis. This creates a space for the semen. Some feel this could prevent condom breakage or slippage although clear research on this issue has not been done.
 

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