Go to Content Go to Navigation Go to Navigation Go to Site Search Homepage

How do you put on a condom if I have an uncircumcised penis? Do I have to pull my foreskin back? Does it have to be over the testicles also?

Most uncircumcised people pull their foreskin back when putting on a condom, but it’s a matter of personal preference.

A condom doesn’t cover your testicles — just your penis. With a little practice, condoms are very easy to use.

Here are some tips for putting on a condom:

  • Use a condom only once. Use a fresh one for each erection (hard-on). Check the expiration date on the package and never use an expired condom.
  • Condoms usually come rolled into a ring shape. They’re  individually sealed in aluminum foil or plastic. Be careful — don’t tear the condom while unwrapping it. If it’s torn, brittle, stiff, or sticky, throw it away and use another.
  • Put a drop or two of lubricant inside the condom to make it more comfortable. Only use water-based or silicone lube with latex condoms. Using oil-based lube can make condoms more likely to break.
  • Place the rolled condom over the tip of your hard penis.
  • Leave a half-inch space at the tip so there’s room for semen.
  • Pinch the air out of the tip with one hand while placing it on your penis.
  • Unroll the condom over your penis with the other hand.
  • Roll it all the way down to the base of your penis.
  • Smooth out any air bubbles. (Friction against air bubbles can cause condoms to break.)
  • Lubricate the outside of the condom.

Here are some tips for taking off a condom:

  • Pull out before your penis softens.
  • Don’t spill the semen — hold the condom against the base of your penis while you pull out.
  • Throw the condom away.
  • Wash your penis with soap and water before having sex again.

It’s best if both you and your partner know how to use a condom. It will make using a condom easier and even feel better. If you’re both on board and know how to use condoms, you’re also more likely to use them correctly, every time, making them work better. You can practice putting on and taking off a condom on your penis or on a penis-shaped object, like a banana or cucumber.

Tags: condoms, uncircumcised penis