condom how-tos

Condoms are a great form of birth control and protection, but the only way they work effectively is if they don’t break. A condom breaking can be a major mood killer for both you and your partner and can lead to devastating consequences. Luckily, there are simple and effective ways to keep your rubbers—and passion—intact. Here's how.

check expiration dates.

If you’re in the moment and the only condom you can find is the one you forgot about stuffed at the back of your wallet, make sure you check the expiration date. We know it’s the last thing you want to think of while you and your partner are in the heat of the moment, but expiration dates are there for a reason. Once the condom reaches its end date, it won’t be effective in keeping you and your partner safe, because it can tear easily.

store condoms properly.

Your condoms should always be stored in a cool, dry place. Leaving them stashed in your hot car, or on your bedside table within direct sunlight, can damage their material, which will leave you and your partner susceptible to sexually transmitted infections.

To ensure your condoms are fully protected from outside elements, find a place in your bedroom where you can keep them safely tucked away. If you decide to keep a condom in your wallet, be sure not to keep it there for long, as the constant friction can easily tear the rubber.

beware of a lack of lube.

If there is friction during sex, not only will it cause pain and irritation for you and your partner, but it can also cause the condom to break. To keep your rubbers intact, make sure you use lubricant or buy ones that are pre-lubed. Adding a lube can help ensure that your condom is protected from any friction and allows you and your partner to enjoy your intimate moment without any fear of breakage. 

know your condom type.

Like that last pair of jeans in the sale that wasn’t your size but you bought anyway, ill-fitting condoms are never a good idea. Condoms come in a variety of sizes to help make them more comfortable and allow circulation. If you're noticing that your condoms are too tight, the friction and tension can cause it to tear (and if you’re struggling to find a condom that gives you a bit of leeway, try going up a size). But if you're finding that your condoms are too loose or causing you to lose sensation, try our thin condoms to offer the perfect fit.

put a condom on correctly.

Simple fact: A condom will not be effective if not applied correctly. It should always be rolled down gently, leaving a little bit of room at the top to help prevent any breakage or tear. If you're nervous or too excited to put the condom on properly, get your partner to help secure it for both of you.

Note: If you decide to double up on condoms to give you further protection, the condom is actually prone to become less effective, which will reduce you and your partner’s safety and protection.

Taking your time to learn how to properly put on a condom is essential to reducing any tears or slippage and ensuring a safe sexual experience. 

here's how

  • We recommend always using lubricant.

  • To open, carefully peel back the top of the buttercup packaging on the condom with your hands. Never use your teeth. 

  • The condom is right way up, so carefully use your fingers to pull it out of the package ensuring that the pointy part of the condom faces away from the tip of the penis before you put it on.

  • Squeeze the pointy end of the condom so that there’s no air trapped inside. If there is trapped air, you risk the condom splitting. Additionally, it's critical to make sure you put the condom on when the penis is fully erect, as you want to make sure it fits correctly and there are no baggy spots. 

  • If you are uncircumcised, pull back the foreskin before keeping one hand at the head of the penis with the end of the condom between your forefinger and thumb, and use the other to roll the condom on all the way down the shaft to the base. Note: If the condom will not unroll, you have it inside out and you will need to use a new condom.

  • Put some shine organic lubricant on the outside of the condom. Extra lubricant increases sensitivity and helps to prevent any breakages.

  • When done, hold the condom at the base while you are still erect so that it doesn't slip off. Then, when fully withdrawn, take the condom off. Dispose of it carefully in the trash bin—never in the toilet.