We know that the condom is a barrier device that prevents both unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, also known as STDs. But for the condom to be effective it is essential that it be on correctly, that it be used from the beginning of the relationship, that it be the correct size, that it be removed carefully, etc.

In this article we are going to talk, specifically, about the importance of putting on a condom properly, since it is the way to achieve safe sexual relations. That is why it is essential to pay attention to this aspect because we know that, sometimes, there may be mistakes that end up with the condom on backwards. So what happens if I put the condom on backwards? Below we explain what happens, what is the way to correct it and how to put the condom on correctly.

 How do I put on a condom?

As we move on, putting on the condom correctly is the key to staying safe during sexual intercourse. The first step, before you even put it on, is to make sure it’s in good shape. This means that you have to check the date so that it is not expired and check that it has not been broken. Only if the answer to both questions is negative can we use it with peace of mind. On the other hand, the condom has to be placed covering the entire penis when it is erect, since it is the way to fit it perfectly.

The condom must be worn before coming into contact with any part of the partner’s genital area, regardless of whether it is the vagina, anus or vulva. As an aid to a perfect placement there is a trick: the condom can only be unrolled in one direction. Make sure it is correct. In practice, the tip has to be facing upwards, that is, pointing in the opposite direction to the tip of the penis. In this position the edges of the condom are rolled out, as if it were a small hat. Then you just have to slide it, carefully, to the base of the penis. In any case, read the instructions that come with the condom package carefully and always ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions. 

What happens if I put a condom on backwards?

It may be the case that, in a mistake, because of nerves or in a hurry, you put the condom inside out. And it is that putting a condom upside down is an accident that can happen relatively easily, especially if it is the first time, there is not much visibility or you are somewhat nervous. It is likely that you will find out quickly, since you will notice that it is difficult for you to unroll it on the penis. If this is your case, do not insist, assume that it is backwards and solve it. Immediately remove the condom, throw it away, and get a new one.

It is important to note that, in these cases, condoms cannot be reused by turning them upside down, since their outer part has been in contact with the penis, which would pose a risk to your partner both with respect to an STD and a unwanted pregnancy, if applicable.

Make sure the condom is in the correct position

Before initiating any contact with your partner’s genitals, make sure the condom is on properly and in the correct position. It has to remain fully fitted to the penis, of course, in perfect condition, without any damage, however minimal, and within its expiration date. Once this verification is done, all that remains is to relax and enjoy sex with your partner.

Now Durex makes it easy for you

Durex offers a new ‘Put It Easy’ technology to make putting on a condom quick, easy and error-free. These condoms are always presented with the base facing the Durex logo. Thus, to put them on you just have to open them by keeping this logo down.

In this way you can put them on correctly the first time, in a second and without having to stop to think about their position, thus achieving minimal interruption and maximum pleasure, in addition to the usual security.

The importance of the condom in sexual relations

Finally, we remember the importance of condom use in all sexual relations, whether vaginal, anal or oral. There are many people today who think that condoms only serve to prevent an unwanted pregnancy. But the truth is that the use of condoms in sex is much more. These are its most outstanding benefits:

  • The condom is the only contraceptive method that reduces the risk of contracting an STD.
  • It has shown up to 98% effectiveness in preventing unwanted pregnancies. 
  • In addition, the condom can also help to intensify the pleasure during sexual intercourse. This depends on the condom that is chosen, since there are extra-thin, embossed, delayed, etc. Each one brings new sensations that contribute to achieving a more pleasant sex.
  • They can be used just as effectively and safely for vaginal, anal, or oral sex.
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