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Using Condoms

Condoms can help protect
you against pregnancy, HIV,
and other sexually transmitted
infections (STIs).

  • Use a latex or polyurethane
    condom for vaginal, oral, and
    anal sex.
  • Use a new condom every time
    you have sex. Use a condom
    once and then throw it away.„
  • Condoms are available in
    different sizes, colors, and styles.   
    Choose one that you like.

Colored Condoms

How to use condoms

  • Check the expiration date on
    the condom package.
  • Make sure there are no holes.
  • „Don’t store condoms where it
    is too warm. Heat can damage
    the condoms.
  • Don’t carry condoms in your
    wallet for too long. Replace
    them at least once a month.
  • Use a water-based lubricant
    with a condom. This will help
    it feel sexier and it will be less
    likely to break.
  • „Put the condom on before
    you put your penis inside your  

Step 1

Hold the tip of the condom to
squeeze out the air. This leaves
some room for the semen when
you come (ejaculate). Put the
condom on the end of your penis.           

Condom Step 1

Step 2

Keep holding the tip of the
condom. Unroll it onto your erect      
penis all the way down to cover
the whole penis.

Condom Step 2

What to do after you have sex:

After you come (ejaculate):

  • Hold onto the condom.
  • Pull out of your partner while
    your penis is still hard.
  • Carefully take off the condom.
  • Throw it away in the trash,
    not the toilet.

What to do if the condom breaks:

  • Emergency Contraceptive (EC)
    pills can be taken within 5 days
    to prevent pregnancy. „
  • Your Family PACT provider can
    give you EC pills or a prescription   
    to get EC pills at no cost. „
  • You or your partner can also get
    some kinds of EC pills from a
    pharmacy without a prescription
    if you are 17 years old or older.

Want to find out more?

To find a Family PACT provider
near you:

  • Go to and
    type in your zip code in the
    “Find Providers” box.
  • Call 1-800-942-1054.
  • All Family PACT services and
    birth control methods are at no
    cost to Family PACT clients.

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Office of Family Planning. All Rights Reserved.
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