Condoms are 98% effective with proper use. So.. what is “proper use” anyway?
We’ve compiled all the tips and tricks below (for both beginners AND experts).
Psst: scroll to the bottom for a cheat sheet!
TIP #1: ACTUALLY USE ONE :)
The #1 reason that condoms fail is from people not using them. Make sure you put it on before sexual contact (not mid-way through intercourse) for effective protection.
Do not keep them in your wallet, a hot car, or in direct sunlight! Store them in a cool, dry place (below 104 fahrenheit / 40 degrees celsius), and out of reach from sharp objects.
Whether you’re the one carrying the condoms, or you’re relying on your partner to provide them - check the expiration date. For Slipp condoms, you can find the expiration date on the side of the box or on the back of each individual condom.
When it comes to opening the condom, do so gently with your hands. Do not use your teeth, scissors, or anything sharp!
Check the condom to make sure there’s no discoloration or damage.
PUTTING IT ON PROPERLY:
To be sure you’re unrolling it the right way, make sure the rim is on the outside so that it looks like a little hat. The rolled side should be out. If you unroll it the wrong way, get a fresh condom and give it another go.
Pinch the tip of the condom between your finger and thumb to make sure that no air is trapped inside (the condom may split if air is trapped inside). Leave some space at the tip. Our condoms have a reservoir tip that provides extra space.
Use lube to reduce friction. You can either apply lube to the inside tip before putting it on, or add it to the outside after putting it on (or both!). If you’re using latex condoms (I.e. Slipp condoms) do not use oil-based products with them (lube, coconut oil, vaseline), as it can break down latex.
If the condom is too loose or too tight, try a different size.
But NOT oil-based!!! I repeat: water-based or silicone-based lubes only!
Hold onto the base of the condom and pull out while the penis is still erect to keep the condom from slipping off.
Never reuse a condom!
LAST TIP: DISPOSAL
Do not flush condoms down the toilet! Wrap it in tissue and throw it in the trash, then wash your hands with soap and water.