Put on a condom before penetration. Do it in the following way:
- Check that the expiry date has not yet passed. Only use condoms with the CE quality label on the wrapping.
- Tear the pouch open at the incision. Do not use scissors, a knife or your teeth and be careful with long fingernails. You may damage the condom.
- Pull pack the foreskin if the penis is not circumcised. Squeeze the tip of the condom to leave room for the semen and put the condom on top of the penis. The penis should be hard (erection).
- Make sure the rolled-up rim of the condom is on the outside. Roll down the condom over the entire penis so it does not slip off during sex.
- After ejaculation, take the condom off the penis. Do this while the penis is still hard and hold the condom by the rim.
- Make sure no semen leaks out of the condom.
- Tie the condom in a knot. This prevents semen from spilling out. Throw the used condom in a bin.
Only use the condom once.
Condoms are available in different sizes, depending on the thickness of the penis. The condom should not be too tight or too loose.
Storing a condom
You should store a condom in a cool place.
Do not put a condom in your wallet. This can damage the condom. Put the condom in your handbag, for example, or in the pocket of your coat or shirt.
You can buy condoms at a pharmacy or supermarket. Sometimes you can also find them in other shops, bars and nightclubs or vending machines.
A condom costs about 0.20 €. Special condoms, for example with a special flavour or ribs, can cost up to € 1 apiece. Some organisations offer condoms for free. Ask one of the health professionals below.