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Condoms

Safer sex supplies are available without charge throughout Campus Health Services as well as from Student Wellness. You can request safer sex supplies online.

Using a Male Condom

  • Carefully open the package after checking the expiration date.
  • Squeeze the tip of the condom to release any air and leave space for the ejaculate.
  • Carefully roll the condom down to the base of the penis. (Be sure that fingernails or jewelry do no to damage or rip the condom while unrolling it). 
  • Hold onto the base of the condom during insertion.
  • After ejaculation, while the penis is still erect, hold the base of the condom and withdraw the penis from the vagina or anus, being careful not to spill any fluid.
  • After the condom is away from your partner’s body, it can be safely removed and discarded. 

Using a Female Condom

  • Carefully open the package after checking the expiration date. 
  • The outer ring at the open end covers the area around the opening of the vagina. The inner ring is used for insertion and to help hold the condom in place. You may want to insert extra lubricant inside the condom.
  • Hold the inner ring between your thumb and middle finger. This will give you a firm grip and narrows the inner ring to ease insertion.
  • Squeeze the ring together.
  • Push the ring up into the vagina as far as it will go. When inserted correctly, the inner ring should not cause any discomfort.
  • The outer ring should remain outside the vagina.
  • To remove the condom, twist the outer ring to keep the semen inside, and then pull gently. 
  • Wrap the condom and throw it away.

Important Tips to Remember

  • Never use a condom more than once.
  • If you start to put on a male condom inside-out, do not just take it off and turn it around--throw it out and use a new one. Pre-ejaculate fluid may have transferred to the condom during the first attempted use.
  • Using lubricated condoms or applying an additional lubricant offers more protection from breakage.
  • Always use water-based lubricants with condoms. Oil-based lubricants like Vaseline can deteriorate condoms. Learn more about lube at 5 Myths About Lube...Busted.

If you have questions regarding safer sex practices, you can speak with any CHS provider or call Student Wellness (919.962.WELL) to schedule an appointment or email letstalkaboutit@unc.edu.