Everyone deserves to have a safe, healthy sex life that is also pleasurable and fun. Getting comfortable talking about safer sex — including using condoms — is a good way to take care of your health and your partner’s. This Valentine’s Day — like every day — condoms can help you and your partner stay healthy and protected from sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unintended pregnancy.


Why Should I Use Condoms?!

  • Condoms are a good way to feel more relaxed about your sex life. Many people say they find sex more enjoyable when they use condoms because they aren’t worrying about STIs or unintended pregnancy.
  • Anyone who has vaginal, anal, or oral sex can get an STI, even if you’re using birth control are on PrEP, or have an undetectable HIV viral load.
  • If you have vaginal sex, using condoms plus another method of birth control — like the IUD, implant, shot, or pill — is the best way to prevent both unintended pregnancy and STIs.
  • As long as you use them every time you have sex, condoms are very good at preventing pregnancy; they’re also the only type of birth control that also helps protect against STIs.

Okay… How Do I Use a Condom?

Watch the videos below to learn how to use external (male) and an internal (female) condom step-by-step!


It’s important to talk with your partner about using condoms before you have sex. Be direct and emphasize that condoms are essential to protect one another’s health — and that using them can even make your sex life better. If you need help with that conversation, watch the videos below!

Remember, Planned Parenthood is here for you with education, accurate information, and resources on how to use condoms correctly and how to talk about condom use with your partner. If you need to make an appointment to get birth control or STI testing, call us at the numbers below:

Orange County: (714) 922-4100
San Bernardino: (909) 890-5511

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