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External condom

External condom

How to

How to use an external condom?


    Carefully remove the condom from its packaging, making sure you don’t tear the condom as you tear the packet.


    Place the condom on the tip of the erect penis.


    Pinch the tip of the condom between your thumb and forefinger to squeeze the air out of it.


    Gently roll the condom down to the base of the penis.


    After you've had sex, hold the condom at the base of the penis when you withdraw.


    Carefully remove the condom from the penis, making sure nothing is spilled.


    Throw the condom away in a bin and not down the toilet.


    Make sure you use a new condom every time you have sex.

      The external condom does not require a prescription. You can get it for free or purchase yourself.

      You can get condoms for free, even if you're under 16, from:


      • Contraception clinics


      • Sexual health or GUM (genitourinary medicine) clinics


      • Some GP surgeries


      • Some young people's services


      You can also buy condoms from:


      • Pharmacies


      • Supermarkets


      • Websites


      • Vending machines in some public toilets


      • Some petrol stations

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