How to use a condom

A Beginners Guide to Condoms: How to Use a Condom

A condom in a black wrapper.

You might have seen this blog and thought “Who doesn’t know how to use a condom” And the truth is, all of us can probably recognise a condom. We have all been exposed to them at some point in our lives. Maybe you had the lesson at school involving condoms, cucumbers and lots of embarrassment? Condoms are everywhere… supermarkets, service station bathrooms, chemists, online, and obviously, sex shops. Condom companies such as Durex even have their own social media presence.

But, other than being able to point a condom out in an identity parade, what do we really know about them? Did you realise for instance that you don’t only have to use a condom for partnered sex? Want to find out more?

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If you’ve never used a condom before, or you have limited experience with them, let passionbugs give you the lowdown. From their humble beginnings, to how to use a condom, this guide has it all.

What Are Condoms?

Condoms have been around for thousands of years but they wouldn’t have been as lush as the ones we see today.

How To Use A Condom

The first condoms were likely to have been fashioned from animal intestines and fish bladders or from materials such as linen. The Georgians opened the first condom shop in London in 1744 with condoms made from left over animal skins left from butchers and most certainly they would have been a reusable item.

The first rubber condoms bounced into our lives in 1860 with latex condoms making their first appearance in 1920.

And whilst condoms were proved to be highly effective, there was much stigmas around them. It was seen as a woman’s responsibility to look after contraception meaning the contraceptive pill was the favoured. It wasn’t until the 80’s and the Aids epidemic, that condoms became more accepted by society and their popularity soared.

How To Use A Condom

Nowadays condoms are thin sleeves, often made from latex, with a teat at the end. Condoms are worn over the penis during any type of sexual activity including intercourse (anal and vaginal) and oral.
They work by creating a barrier between two people to prevent both pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Condoms are the only form of contraception that can do both these tasks at the same time. They are also the most successful form of contraception, proving to be 98% effective.


There are two kinds of condoms;

  • The male condom – worn over the penis
  • The female condom – worn inside the vagina

Condoms are quite simply the unsung heroes of safe sex.
And being super heroes, not only can they stop us from becoming ill or making babies, they also have some very special tricks up their sleeves (literally!) But we will cum to that later…

Reasons to Use a Condom

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  • Instant Protection
    Unlike other forms of contraception, a condom is instant. Pop it on and away you go. Perfect for spontaneous acts of pleasure.
    No need for a GP or nurse appointment and no need to set an alarm each take to take a pill.
  • Easy Clean Up
    Let’s face it, sex can get messy. However romantic the movies would like us to believe sex to be, the truth is there will always be bodily fluids involved. (We’ve all seen the memes involving sex towels!) Catching these fluids in a condom makes for less mess and less hassle. And it’s not just sex that gets messy. There are plenty of us using condoms for solo play too.
  • Mind Blowing Blow Jobs
    Using a flavoured condom can make blow jobs even more enjoyable. Because the giver is enjoying their new tasty treat, the receiver is going to get a longer, more drawn-out experience.
    Plus, if you’re not a fan of swallowing, you don’t have too. That end result is going to end up in the teat at the end of the condom, not it your mouth.
  • Additional Stimulation
    Condoms are not always a smooth sleeve. There are a wide range of textured condoms that can offer exciting new sensations for both parties. Additional stimulation can help to inject a little more spice into proceedings.
  • Extend Playtime
    Some condoms are capable of helping to delay ejaculation and extend your performance. Meaning you can enjoy sex and masturbation, for longer. Covered in a specially formulated lubricant, the active ingredients desensitise the penis to stop it becoming too over excited too quickly.
  • Peace of Mind
    It isn’t possible to have the best sex if you are worrying.
    Wearing a condom during sex takes lots of potential worries away meaning you can lie back and enjoy yourself.
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How to Use a Condom

Using a condom is super simple. If it is your first time please don’t stress. There is nothing complicated to a condom.

Follow these simple steps, and it should be as easy as slipping into your socks each morning.

1Remove the condom from its foil. Be careful not tear it. Using fingernails, teeth and wearing jewellery may all cause the condom to break.

It may look masculine to rip it open between your teeth but the reality is, you’re probably going to waste condoms and valuable time. Nobody wants to be kept waiting in the heat of the moment.
2Position the condom over the tip of the erect penis making sure you have it the right way around – teat on top.

Most condoms have a teat on the end to catch the sperm. Any air caught in the teat could cause the condom to break, so use your thumb and forefinger to squeeze the air out of it and then gently roll it down the shaft to the base of the penis.
3The bit you have been waiting for…. Sexy time!
4After sex, be sure to remove the penis while it’s still erect and by holding the condom on at the base.
5Dispose of the condom in a bin. Never put condoms down the toilet. They are non-biodegradable meaning as well as causing potential blockages, they can also harm both the environment and wild life.

How to Use a Condom for the First Time

Putting A Condom On

If you have never used a condom before, it makes sense to practice before you hop into bed with a lover. Spend some time alone getting used to condoms. Being comfortable with how to put a condom on, knowing what to expect, being confident with how condoms feel, will all help you when the time comes to perform.

How to Use a Condom With a Cock Ring

If you are planning on using a cock ring the you will need to pop that on first. Putting the cock ring on first helps to avoid the risk of ripping the condom. Once the cock ring is secure and your penis is fully erect, then you should roll your condom on.

How to Use a Condom With Sex Toys

Condoms And Sex Toys

Using a condom over toys such as dildos makes it possible to share toys between partners during play. It prevents the risk of spreading infection but also provides the opportunity to use your toy in whatever orifice you choose without needing to clean in between. Place a condom over the toy and simply change for a fresh one if you decide to dip the dildo elsewhere…

If you are using a stroker or Fleshlight for masturbation, wearing a condom will make clean up a cinch, helping to keep you toys fresh and clean.

Now you know how to use a condom, let’s look at some bestselling condoms.

passionbugs Best Selling Condoms

Durex Mutual Climax Latex Condoms (12 Pack)

Durex Mutual Climax Condoms - Pack of 12 Condoms
  • Made with Perfoma lube designed to help delay ejaculation.
  • Textured with perfectly positioned ribs and also dots to excite your lover.
  • Helps you to reach mutual orgasmic heaven together.
  • Better smelling so you can enjoy the moment without any distractions.
  • Lubricated and teat-ended for a comfortable and enjoyable experience.

Skins Assorted Flavoured Latex Condoms (12 Pack)

Skins Assorted Flavoured Latex Condoms (12 Pack)
  • 12 flavoured condoms for a delicious treat.
  • Flavours include mint, bubble gum, banana and strawberry.
  • Premium quality natural latex for a clear, strong condom.
  • Single packs with no strips so you can be ready with no rips.
  • Extra-lubricated and teat-ended for maximum pleasure.

Skins Dotted and Ribbed Latex Condoms (16 Pack)

Skins Dotted and Ribbed Latex Condoms (16 Pack)
  • A handy sized cube containing 16 fun textured condoms.
  • Individually sealed for convenience.
  • Premium quality natural latex for a clear, strong condom.
  • Infused with a subtle vanilla scent so there is no latex smell.
  • Extra-lubricated and teat-ended for increased comfort and protection.

Durex Invisible Ultra Thin Latex Condoms (12 Pack)

Durex Invisible Ultra Thin Latex Condoms (12 Pack)
  • Ultra-thin and ultra-sensitive helping to bring you and your lover closer than ever before.
  • Designed to maximise sensitivity and create the most natural experience.
  • Completely transparent.
  • Be safe in the knowledge they are 100% electronically tested for total peace of mind.
  • Pre-lubricated and teat-ended for ease and comfort.

How to Dispose of a Condom

Now you know how to use a condom, maybe we should also mention how best to dispose of them after play. Condoms can be a hazard to marine life if they get into our oceans so never be tempted to flush a used condom down the toilet. They can also cause blockages in your water works which can be costly and could lead to some embarrassment when you call in the local plumber.

Toilet Roll

Follow these simple steps to safe and responsible disposal:

  • Remove the condom carefully and tie a knot in the open end
  • Wrap the condom in tissue or toilet paper
  • Pop it in the bin along with the regular household waste
  • Wash you hands

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