Do you wonder why the condom falls off when you have sex? This problem is more common than you think, but it is essential that you remedy this situation to ensure that you are as protected as possible during the encounter.

Using the condom correctly is not only essential to avoid unwanted pregnancies if you have heterosexual intercourse, but its use is also key because the condom is the only contraceptive method capable of preventing the spread of sexually transmitted infections or STIs.

If you want to find out why the condom falls off and how you can prevent it from happening, keep reading. Below, at Durex we explain everything you need to know about it.

The condom slips why?

If you have noticed that the condom comes off when you have sex, it may be that you or your partner or partners are not following all the steps properly. We explain, below, the main causes why this usually happens:

Not choosing the right condom size 

If the condom slips, it may be that you have not chosen the right size of the condom. Finding the right size is essential to be able to enjoy intimate relationships with less risk.

Whether the condom is too tight or too loose, it is important that you look for another condom that better fits the size of the penis. If you think that the condom slips for this reason, it is best to try different types and designs to find the right one. And if you don’t know where to start, check out our article What condom size to use, where we explain what you need to know about this topic.

Not putting on the condom properly

Putting on the condom correctly is as important as choosing the correct size so that you and your partner or partners can enjoy safer sexual encounters.

Putting on a condom properly includes such necessary steps as checking the expiration date before use and opening the package carefully so that the condom is not damaged. Subsequently, it is important to put it on correctly, sliding the condom all the way to the base of the penis and always leaving a space at the tip for the sperm. 

Remember, also, that you must make correct use of the condom throughout sex; that is to say, that you should not put it on once you have already started nor should you remove it prematurely. It is also important that both before and after intercourse you check the condom to make sure it has not broken.

If you don’t know how to do it, from Durex we explain it to you step by step in our article how to put on a condom correctly, be sure to read it!

Loss of erection

The third most common cause for a condom to slip is loss of erection. When there is a loss of erection, the condom no longer fits snugly on the penis, which makes penetration significantly more difficult and can put you and your partner(s) at risk.

This problem is more common than it may seem to you, but it is important that you do not get frustrated, since it has a solution. One of the basic tips that you must follow to prevent the condom from slipping is to put the condom on once the penis is fully erect. In this way, you avoid problems such as the condom remaining inside, for example, the vagina or air entering the interior of the condom and it breaking during penetration.

Continue using the same condom after ejaculating 

As we have commented before, the loss of the erection is a frequent cause for which the condom falls off. Therefore, if you continue the act after having ejaculated, it is likely that the erection will go down and the condom will come off. 

If after ejaculation you want to continue having sex, it is essential to withdraw the penis, remove the condom and discard it, and make sure that the penis is still erect before putting on a new condom. 

Importance of using a condom correctly 

Using condoms correctly is essential to enjoy sex without putting your health at risk. These are some of the benefits of using a condom correctly:

  • Prevents STIs: the condom is the only method that helps prevent the spread of sexually transmitted infections that put your health at risk, such as genital herpes, gonorrhea, syphilis or HIV, among many others. If you want to know more about sexually transmitted infections, see our article How to protect yourself from an STI.
  • Avoid unwanted pregnancies: if the condom is used correctly, that is, during the entire sexual encounter, its effectiveness in protecting against unwanted pregnancies is 98% (1). It is one of the most effective contraceptive methods to prevent pregnancy if you have heterosexual intercourse, and it is also an easy-to-find option that is available to everyone.
  • They can help enhance pleasure: condoms can give a lot of play in sex because, depending on the type you choose, you can extend the duration of your encounters, for example, with the Durex Prolonged Pleasure condom, with a lubricant that contains 5% of benzocaine that helps delay male ejaculation. You can also enhance the sensations during penetration with options such as Durex Intense Orgasmic, with a relief of dots and grooves and a stimulating gel, or enjoy a skin-on-skin sensation thanks to Durex Invisible Extra Lubricated, the thinnest condom created by Durex. Discover the entire range of Durex condoms and find the one that best suits you.

And if you want an even more unforgettable encounter, why not add a lubricant? You can opt for fun and different alternatives, such as Durex Calor, which contains an ingredient that heats up on contact with your skin, achieving an exciting sensation of heat, or Durex Frescor, with a cooling effect that produces a soft tingle. Both are compatible with the use of a condom and suitable for vaginal, anal and oral sex so that you can get the most out of it. 

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