This article was scientifically fact-checked by Human Sexuality expert Dr. Laurie Mintz.
Below, we list some tips and tricks for making putting a condom on a sexy part of foreplay rather than inconvenient chore-play.
It’s important with all of these methods to use basic condom common sense: never use your teeth or scissors to open the package and leave room in the tip when rolling it on to prevent breakage.
1. Use Both Hands
Your hands are wonderful, tactile tools that can completely control sensation when you vary the pressure of your touch. While behind or facing your partner, you can use interlocking fingers to mimic the sensation of a slow, intense penetration as if you were giving a hand job. Your top hand should pinch the top of the condom at the tip of the penis with thumb and forefinger, while the other hand rolls the condom down and strokes the shaft. (Watch those nails though.)
2. Keep Them Close to Your Heart
The chest can be an area of intense erogenous stimulation as well as visually exciting for your partner, so why not incorporate your form into function? Using your wrists to push your breasts together, make sure your hands meet at your cleavage so one hand can hold the tip of the condom while the other supports the ring to unroll it over your partner as they thrust (slowly and gently!) between them.
3. Take it from the Top
This is a technique best paired with your favorite on-top sex position, but it also requires a little skill and a lot of control. (May we suggest restraining your partner with cuffs?)
With your partner lying on their back, roll enough of the condom over their tip to keep it secure. Then, slowly insert the tip and (using hands to guide as necessary) slowly push yourself onto them until the condom is completely unrolled. To intensify the teasing, pause between ever inch you move downward while stimulating your own erogenous areas with a small handheld massager.
4. Let Your Partner Show you How
If you’re really unsure whether your prophylactic prowess is up to trying some of these methods, you can always let your partner take the lead. They can guide your hands with the exact sensation and pressure they like to ‘show you’ how to put the condom on. A little bit of ‘innocence’ play can be a fun part of many types of Dominance and submission play!
Facts checked by:
Dr. Laurie Mintz
Laurie Mintz, Ph.D., is a professor at the University of Florida, teaching Human Sexuality to hundreds of students a year. She has published over 50 research articles and is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Mintz also has maintained a private practice for over 30 years, working with individuals and couples on general and sexual issues. She is also an author and speaker, spreading scientifically-accurate, sex-positive information to enhance sexual pleasure.