TThere are two types of condoms: exteriors that go to the penis and inner ones that can be used vaginally or anal. Make sure they are up-to-date and with a seal of approval – and wear more than one if you misappropriate it and throw it away. (There may be some pre-ejaculation – the fluid released from the penis before ejaculation – that may contain sperm.) There may also be a STI transmission risk.
Put the condom on the penis before it gets close to where you want to put it. The penis needs to be fully erect. If you have a foreskin, you may find it more comfortable if you withdraw it first. Make sure the condom is in the right place. Push the air out of the tip and gently roll the condom down the penis so far that you have a good grip. Everything based on oil or fat will "eat" a latex condom. Therefore, use a water-based lubricant. Wash your hands if you have eaten something greasy.
There is a myth that you had to use extra strong condoms for anal sex. As long as you use a good lubricant, and plenty of it, it does not matter. Manufacturers recommend not using condoms for more than about 30 minutes. However, this is quite generous, considering that the average penetration time is between four and six minutes.
After a man ejaculates, his penis goes limp quickly and he soon has to retire from his partner while holding the condom base.
Mel Gadd is the manager of a sex education project for the Family Planning Association. She spoke to Emine Saner