Knowing how to use a condom correctly is an important skill, and one that is handy to know before you start having sex. Often people think they already know how to use condoms, or make the assumption ‘surely it can’t be that hard to figure out’, however, there are a few more steps than you might think.
You may also assume knowing how to use condoms is your partner’s responsibility, but really it’s both people’s responsibility, regardless of your gender or sexuality, so it’s best you’re prepared in case your partner isn’t.
Basically, know your stuff when it comes to condoms. Practise applying them on yourself or on a penis shaped object like a banana or sex toy. Check out the video below and see if you know all the steps!
Condoms are pretty easy to find – supermarkets, chemists, pharmacies, and service stations all have them. There’s no legal age required to buy condoms, and no need to worry about being asked to show ID. If cash is a problem, free condoms are available from Family Planning clinics, local youth centres / services, Aboriginal Medical Services and sexual health clinics.
Remember, it’s essential to always gain consent from your partner before any sexual activity (including oral, vaginal or anal sex) and that either of you can change your mind at any time if you don’t want to keep going. Talk with your partner about what you’re comfortable doing. Use condoms to prevent STIs and, if you’re in a girl/guy relationship, to also help prevent unplanned pregnancy.
Find answers to common questions about condoms, such as what you need to do if the condom breaks, using extra lube, and using condoms for oral sex here.