How to Demonstrate Condom Use
- Written by Bryan Harris
- April 28, 2015 at 12:31 pm
While condoms remain the most commonly used contraceptive method among adolescents, their use is still inconsistent., Furthermore, the percentage of individuals using condoms at last intercourse has not increased in the last decade and there continue to be significant differences in use by age, gender, and race/ethnicity. This points to the need for better education on condom use and negotiation. The National Sexuality Education Standards provide the following learning objectives:
The basic steps for demonstrating condom use include:
While mastering these steps is important, the information can be overwhelming. Adjoa Tetteh, MA, CHES, a sex educator who teaches in clinical and community settings, has refined her key messages to two points:
- For an external condom, place, pinch (the tip), and roll (down the erect penis). For an internal condom, pinch (the ring) and push (the ring and closed end as far back as you can).
- Lubrication is essential for increasing sensation and making condoms less likely to break.
Beyond demonstrating condoms it is also important to spend time building students’ confidence and skills with condom negotiation. Tetteh recommends the following activities:
- Role plays. See examples here, here, and .
- Have students think about why condom use is important to them and how it can be fun. Build a conversation based on their responses and anticipated partner responses.
Lastly, your demonstration may be the first time someone has seen a condom in real life. This is especially true for internal condoms. Therefore, the demonstration helps ease students into the idea of using condoms by allowing them to see and feel how the process works.
Thank you to Adjoa Tetteh for her input on this article.
 Martinez, G., Copen, C. E., and Abma, J.C. (2011). Teenagers in the United States: Sexual activity, contraceptive use, and childbearing, National Survey of Family Growth 2006-2010. National Center for Health Statistics. Vital and Health Statistics, 23(31). http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_23/sr23_031.pdf
 Data refers only to individuals who have had vaginal intercourse.
 Child Trends Database. (2014). Condom use. http://www.childtrends.org/?indicators=condom-use