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Get Ready

Sex info for teens

Pick Yours
Condoms don't discriminate-there are male and female condoms.

Just remember, use one or the other, but not both kinds
at the same time

For men, latex condoms are best, but polyurethane condoms work great if either you or your partner is allergic to latex. Stay away from natural membrane (lambskin) condoms–they don't work against STDs.

The female condom is a polyurethane pouch placed inside the vagina before sex. The good news is that female condoms work as well as male condoms to prevent STDs and pregnancy during vaginal sex.

Lube is Slick if You Use the Right Kind
  • Use only water-based lubricants (e.g., K-Y jelly, Astroglide, Kama Sutra, Liquid Silk) with male latex condoms. Oil-based lubricants (petroleum jelly, massage oils, body lotion) can spoil the fun by causing latex condoms to break. With female condoms, spread lube on the outside of the closed end for extra comfort.
  • Water-based and oil-based lubricants are just fine with male polyurethane condoms.
  • Use water-based or oil-based lubricants with female condoms since they are made of polyurethane.
  • Whatever kind you use, keep the lube tube close and use frequently to keep your condom from breaking.
Made for Each Other?
Find the NYC Condom Dispenser at feature locations.
  • Find the expiration date on the wrapper; toss your condom if it is past its prime and grab a newer one.
  • Judge your condom by its cover—if the package is torn or open, don’t use it.
  • If the condom seems damaged, toss it! Don’t use a condom that is dry, sticky, or stiff, or has even a tiny tear or hole.
Once is a Charm
  • Don't use two male condom at the same time to cover the penis—it can make the condoms slip off or break.
  • Never use a male and female condom at the same time—it makes friction that can cause slipping or tearing, and that isn’t cool.
  • Use a new condom each time you have anal, oral or vaginal sex.
  • Change to a new condom if you have prolonged vigorous and/or anal sex to avoid tearing or breakage.
  • Never reuse a condom—throw it in the trash (condoms can clog toilets) after using it and start over with a new one.
  • Use a new condom with each new partner.

How to Use a Condom: 1. Be sure the rolled up ring is on the outside. 2. Squeeze the tip of the condoms so no air is trapped inside. 3. Holding the tip unroll to the base of the penis.
Graphics from Medline Plus.
Handle with Care

Using your condom the right way is the best way to avoid accidents such as tears or breakage.

Here are five simple steps to using a male condom:
  1. Open the package carefully to avoid damaging the condom—do not use your teeth, scissors or other sharp objects.
  2. Put on the condom after the penis is erect but before any sexual contact. Unroll it all the way down to the base of the penis.
  3. Be sure there is about a half inch at the tip; squeeze out any extra air.
  4. After sex but before the penis becomes soft, hold the base of the condom (where the ring is) and pull your penis out of your partner so nothing spills.
  5. Carefully slide off the condom and throw it in the trash.

If you put on a condom the wrong way by mistake, just throw it out and use a new one.

How to use a female condom:
    How to Use the Female Condom
  1. Open the package carefully to avoid damaging the condom—do not use your teeth, scissors or other sharp objects.
  2. You’ll see a large ring at the open end (the outer ring) and a smaller ring (the inner ring) at the closed end.
  3. Spread lube on the outside of the closed end.
  4. Hold the condom at the closed end, grasp the inner ring with your thumb and second or middle finger, and squeeze it so it is long and narrow.
  5. Get comfy—stand with one foot on a chair, sit on the edge of a bed or chair, lie down or squat.
  6. Insert condom into the vagina inner ring first and just far enough so it won’t fall out.
  7. Place your index finger inside the condom and push the inner ring into the vagina, like a tampon, as far as it will go.
  8. Pull out your finger and let the outer ring hang about an inch outside the vagina.
  9. Guide the penis inside so that it doesn’t enter between the condom and the vagina.
  10. To remove the condom, grasp the outer ring and twist gently (so the semen stays inside); pull it out and throw it in the trash (never the toilet!).

Practice Makes Perfect
Female condoms are pretty new–with time, you’ll be an expert. In the meantime, however, practice putting it in and taking it out several times before you have sex. You’ll be an expert in no time!

Talk to your health care provider about using the female condom for anal sex.

Storing without Spoiling

Store unused condoms at room temperature (not in extreme heat or cold) and away from moisture, direct sunlight and direct fluorescent light. Don’t store condoms in a glove compartment, wallet or back pocket where the temperature and humidity can damage them. And don’t use them after the expiration date.