Welcome to our Safer Sex fact section. This page contains important instructions and information about the items in our Safer Sex Kits or that are provided out of the Women’s Center.How to Use a Condom Important Info About Condoms How to Use Lubricant Important Info About Lubricant Condom and Lubricant Tips and Facts Dental Dams and Internal Condoms Distribution Points Donations and Funding Brands
How to Use a Condom
- Gently open the condom wrapper. Be careful not to damage or tear the condom. If the condom is damaged or torn, discard and get a different one.
- Pinch the tip of the condom to leave space for semen (which helps prevent the condom from breaking) and place the condom on the head of an erect penis or toy that will be used. If you or your partner are uncircumcised, be sure to pull the foreskin back before placing the condom on the tip of the penis.
- Be sure to place the condom in such a way that it will easily roll down the penis/toy. If the condom comes in contact with a penis and is not placed in a way that it is easy to roll down, discard the condom and get a new one. Do not just flip it around.
- Roll the condom down the shaft of the penis/toy all the way to the base.
- After ejaculation, hold onto the rim of the condom and pull the penis out of your partner’s body
- Throw the condom away. Do not flush it down the toilet.
- If the condom is torn or ruptured in any way, be sure to inform your partner and discuss what your next steps should be. If you wish to speak to a healthcare provider, please call the University Health Center to set up a confidential appointment. If you wish to take emergency contraception, you can purchase it at the University Pharmacy.
Important Info About Condoms
- Internal condoms are available by request at the Women’s Center. An internal condom goes inside a genital orifice and protects the users in that way. You can find more information about how to use internal condoms here.
- Be sure to apply a condom before the penis comes in contact with a partner’s mouth or genital area.
- Always check the expiration date of the condom before using and make sure the condom is intact and not damaged. Some signs of damage are open or torn packaging, tears, holes, if the condom is lubricated but the lube has dried out, if any spots on the condom appear worn down, discoloration, etc. Essentially, if a condom doesn’t appear right to you, it’s always better to get a different one.
- When used correctly and consistently, condoms reduce the risk of pregnancy and STI transmission.
- Ask your partner if they are allergic to latex and use non-latex products if you or your partner are allergic. You can do a spot test with a latex product beforehand if you are unsure.
- Avoid exchanging of bodily fluids. If you are using a condom on a toy with a partner, make sure to remove the condom and get a new one before the toy comes in contact with you or your partner’s mouth or genital area.
- Condoms kept in a wallet or something that would cause friction can cause the condom to break down.
- Excessive heat and moisture can also damage condoms.
- Never re-use a condom. If the condom has been ejaculated in once, it should be removed, and a new one should be applied before a second sexual encounter.
- Never use more than one condom on the same penis/toy at a time. This can cause friction and cause the condoms to break.
- Have condoms close during any sexual encounter so that they can be used to keep you and your partner(s) protected.
- Condoms can be used on fingers before manual stimulation. If you will then be touching your own mouth or genital area, make sure to remove the condom and/or apply another one. You can also use latex or latex-free gloves.
- If you are going to be performing oral stimulation, a condom should be used on a penis/toy. If the stimulation will be on a vulva, vagina, or anus, a condom can be cut long ways down one side and place on the area as a dental dam.
How to Use Lubricant
- Keep the lubricant nearby so that it can be used, if needed/desired, throughout the sexual encounter.
- You can put a few drops of lubricant into the condom before rolling it onto the penis, or it can be added to the outside of the condom once it is applied.
- Lubricant can also be put anywhere extra lubrication is required. Just be sure to be careful of touching mouths and/or genital areas without protection or without washing hands.
Important Info About Lubricant
- There are 3 main types of lube that are categorized by their base – oil, water, and silicone. There are also hybrid lubricants that can combine any of the 3 main types.
- Oil-based lubricants (i.e. baby oil, lotion, coconut oil, etc.) cannot be used with latex or non-latex condoms, as it can cause the condom to break down and become ineffective. Lotion should only be used on external areas.
- Silicone-based lubricants should not be used with any silicone-based sex toy, as it can cause them to break down over time. This can cause pockets in the toy where bacteria can grow.
- If lubricant is used on any objects, the object should be rinsed off after use.
- Silicone-based lube is hypoallergenic and lasts a little bit longer than water-based lube. Oil-based lube lasts the longest but can also have a higher rate for infections and irritation.
- When trying to conceive, make sure to use lubricant that is conception-friendly, as some lubricants can hinder sperm movement. This does NOT mean that lubricant should be used as a contraceptive. There is such a thing as spermicidal lubricant, but it is known to only have a success rate of around 71%.
- Flavored lubes can contain sugar which can lead to yeast infections in vaginas, so keep a lookout for ingredients and where it is being used.
Condom and Lubricant Tips and Facts
- Use the bathroom before and after sex. It helps to clear bacteria out of your urethra and can help to prevent urinary tract infections.
- There are MANY different birth control methods, it’s important to find the best one for you and your partner(s).
- Sex is not the same for everyone. Find what makes you comfortable and make sure to communicate with sexual partners about your likes, dislikes, wants, and needs. Make sure to also allow the same communication for them.
- If the condom comes off inside of an orifice, remain calm. Try to use clean fingers to retrieve the condom. If you are unable to retrieve it, make an appointment with your healthcare provider to get the condom removed.
- If you are sexually active with more than one partner, it is important to get tested for STIs often. You can schedule these at the health center, community health centers, or with healthcare provider.
- The Withdrawal or “Pull-out” method is not effective at all against STIs. It also can be ineffective against pregnancy due to semen being present in fluids present before ejaculation.
Dental Dams and Internal Condoms
Available in the Women’s Center Upon Request
A dental dam is a 6-inch, square sheet used as a barrier for oral sex, vaginally and anally, to help reduce the transmission of bodily fluids, germs, and sexually transmitted infections. If you do not have a dental dam available, you can use a condom by cutting off the tip, cutting it open down one side, and opening the condom flat. Dental dams or substitutes should be disposed of after use and never reused.
An internal condom is similar to an external condom except that it is worn on the inside. It is a pouch that is placed inside the vagina or anus before sex to protect against STIs.
You can find Safer Sex Kits in the following locations. The Women's Center and the LGBTQA+ Center will help to restock the kits at these distribution points regularly so that our community has more convenient access to these resources.
- 3rd Floor Hallway: Outside the Women's Center
- LGBTQA+ Center: 3rd floor Nebraska Union
- University Health Center Medical Clinic: 2nd floor reception desk or during an appointment with your medical provider
- Husker Pantry: University Health Center, Room 123