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1. Check the date. Make sure the condom is in date don't use if out of date
Expiry dates are usually printed onto the back of the condom package.
2. Is the packaging OK? Don't use if the condom packaging is damaged
Check the condom package for any damage. Do not use if it is already open, torn or has any holes to it.
3. Check your condom has a CE mark on the packaging
Condoms that are safe to use carry a European CE mark.
4. Check for a BSI kitemark. This shows the condoms have been tested
This kite mark means that the manufacturer’s quality and production standards are tested regularly and are safe to use.
5. Remember to use a new condom each time you have sex
Never re use a condom or use one which has already been opened.
6. Be careful when opening the condom wrapper
When opening a condom, make sure you push it to the side before opening the packaging. This is to prevent damaging the condom before use. Also be aware long finger nails can damage the condom…..so be careful.
7. Is it the right way? Make sure you put it on the right way round
If you put a condom on the wrong way round, make sure you take it off and bin it. Never turn the condom the other way round as it may contain pre-ejaculation which may contain sperm. Always start again and use a new condom.
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