Using condoms safely

Tips for using condoms

  • Use a new condom each time you have sex (vaginal and anal)
  • Never use two condoms, one over the other
  • Do not use a condom after the expiration date indicated on the packaging
  • Only use water or silicon-based lubricant (oil and grease degrade condoms)
  • Store condoms at room temperature
  • Do not test a condom beforehand. This can cause damage
  • Choose a condom that fits properly (this prevents the chance of tearing)

Tips for using condoms for anal sex

  • Use a condom with the CE logo which may include EN600 or ISO4074
  • Apply more lubricant with each new condom. This prevents tearing caused by rubbing
  • Use lubricant that does not contain spermicidal and antibacterial Nonoxynol-9
  • Use a new condom if you switch between vaginal and anal sex

You used condoms but still have an STI

Condoms do not provide 100% protection against all STIs. This is because a condom does not cover the whole penis. Genital herpes and genital warts can be transmitted as a result. Condoms can also tear. You could already have been a carrier and only now have symptoms. If you have symptoms or think that you have an STI, always have an STI test.