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There's not much more to using a condom than simply tearing open the packet and sticking it on. However, condoms come in different sizes, shapes, thicknesses, and flavours. Experiment to see which are best for you. If you're having anal sex, always go for a thicker condom.
If you don't like using condoms, practise putting them on and coming into them at home. This really is a problem that's all in the mind.
Condoms don't affect sexual performance — in fact, they may prolong it.
Some women don't like condoms as they can irritate the vagina. This can be overcome with a little lubricant (not oil-based as this can split latex condoms). In the rare case of latex allergy or overwhelming urge to use your favourite oil-based lubricant, use polyurethane condoms.
They needn't. Use your imagination. Put it on together. Or your partner can do it. Using their mouth, maybe. (But beware teeth can damage condoms.) Talk about it while you're doing it - lots of potential for dirty talk - and maintain eye contact to maintain excitement.
Not difficult and, by encouraging you and your partner to work together, using a condom might actually improve your mutual pleasure.
They're honestly not and there are umpteen videos out there to show you how if you're not sure. They are a lot less hassle than having to deal with an unwanted pregnancy or a sexually transmitted infection which, if left untreated, may in some cases kill you.
If you're new to condoms, practise when you're home alone.
Go to your local contraception/family planning clinic or sexual health clinic and you may well get them free.
Condoms are also available in some GP surgeries plus many pharmacies, supermarkets, garages or vending machines in some public toilets. Or, of course, buy them online.
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Date of last review 10/10/15
Date of next review 10/10/18
It’s tough for men to ask for help but if you don’t ask when you need it, things generally only get worse. So we’re asking.
In the UK, one man in five dies before the age of 65. If we had health policies and services that better reflected the needs of the whole population, it might not be like that. But it is. Policies and services and indeed men have been like this for a long time and they don’t change overnight just because we want them to.
It’s true that the UK’s men don’t have it bad compared to some other groups. We’re not asking you to ‘feel sorry’ for men or put them first. We’re talking here about something more complicated, something that falls outside the traditional charity fund-raising model of ‘doing something for those less fortunate than ourselves’. That model raises money but it seldom changes much. We’re talking about changing the way we look at the world. There is nothing inevitable about premature male death. Services accessible to all, a population better informed. These would benefit everyone - rich and poor, young and old, male and female - and that’s what we’re campaigning for.
We’re not asking you to look at images of pity, we’re just asking you to look around at the society you live in, at the men you know and at the families with sons, fathers and grandads missing.
Here’s our fund-raising page - please chip in if you can.