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Putting on a condom can feel a bit awkward at first, but you’ll get the hang of it quite quickly. It can help to practise until you feel comfortable before you actually use it for sex.
NEVER reuse a condom. Always use a brand new condom if you have any sexual contact again – they can only be used once.
NEVER use two condoms together as this increases the chances of them splitting or tearing.
Avoid using spermicide lubricated condoms. These are being phased out because research has shown that a spermicide called nonoxynol 9 doesn’t protect against some STIs (and may even increase the risk).
Keeping condoms in your pocket or at the bottom of your bag for longer than a month might damage them. If the wrappers look damaged throw them away and get new ones.
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