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For Teens: How to Use a Male Condom

A condom is a thin covering that fits over the penis. It catches semen that comes out of your penis during sex. Rubber (latex) or polyurethane condoms help protect you from AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). They can also help prevent pregnancy.

Image of a teen putting on a condom.
Place the rolled condom on the head of the hard penis. Leave room at the tip to catch semen.

Image of a teen squeezing the air out of the condom's tip.
Squeeze the air out of the tip. Unroll the condom over the entire penis.

Image of a teen holding the condom's base after sex.
After sex, hold the condom at the base of the penis. Then pull out of your partner carefully.

 Use condoms right

  • If you use a lubricant, make sure it’s water-based. Don’t use petroleum jelly, oil, or hand cream. They can make the condom break.

  • Use a new condom each time you have sex.

  • You can buy condoms in a drugstore or supermarket. Keep them wrapped until you use them.

  • To prevent pregnancy, condoms work best if you use them with spermicide, also available in the drugstore or supermarket.

  • Keep condoms on hand. Store them in a cool place. Don’t keep them in your wallet or in your car.

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