Using Condoms and Femidom®

Condoms and Femidom® offer reliable protection from HIV and provide good protection from other sexually transmitted diseases. If condoms split or slip off because they are too large or too small or have been wrongly used, then protection can no longer be guaranteed.

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How do I use a condom?

  • Carefully open the packet along the tear notch.
  • Press out the condom.
  • Using your thumb and index finger hold the reservoir and gently press your fingers together so no air remains in the reservoir.
  • Put it in position, the rubber ring facing outwards.
  • Roll it out to its full length.
  • After ejaculation withdraw the penis before it goes completely limp, at the same time holding onto the condom.Take care that no semen leaks out.
  • Throw the used condom in the rubbish.

The condom split or slipped off. Is this a problem?

Yes, in this way the condom loses its protective qualities. There is a risk of infection with a sexually transmitted disease or HIV. Get advice from your regional Aids centre or your GP.

How can I find out which is the correct sized condom for me?

You must use the correct sized condom otherwise the likelihood of it ripping or slipping off increase. At www.mysize.ch (only German and French) you will find a lot of practical information.

Should I use a lubricant when I use a condom?

The majority of condoms have already been treated with a lubricant. In spite of this there are situations where it is important to use a lubricant – for instance when the woman’s vagina is dry or anal sex is performed. Follow the tips about lubricants!

Can I use oil or cream instead of lubricant?

No, under no circumstances! Lubricants must be water soluble or contain silicone. Oils, body lotion or creams damage the condom and make it permeable. Only use lubricants which you have bought from the store.

I have an allergy to latex. In spite of this, am I still able to use condoms?

Yes, you can use condoms made from polyurethane. Their protection is as reliable as condoms made from latex and they provide a good protection from other sexually transmitted diseases.

Can sharp fingernails or teeth damage the condom?

Yes. The damage to the condom can be so small that you don’t notice it.
Take care if opening the packet with your teeth or if you have long fingernails.

Where can I buy condoms?

Condoms and lubricants are available from stores, petrol station shops or chemists. It is very convenient to buy condoms from the Swiss AIDS Federation online shop.

What must I look out for when buying condoms?

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Only use condoms with the Logo on the right side. This guarantees that the condom has passed strict quality and safety requirements and guarantees protection.


Will Femidom® protect me as reliably as a condom?

Yes. When used correctly, Femidom®, condoms for women, protect from unwanted pregnancy and HIV and offer good protection from other sexually transmitted diseases.


I have an allegy to latex. Can I still use Femidom®?

Yes, you can. Femidom® is manufactured from nitrile, a durable, thermo-conductive and thin material.

Is Femidom® easy to use?

Similar to condoms, some practice is necessary until the Femidom® is correctly positioned. It’s important to take time, to read the instructions and to try it out first before using it.

Do I need an additional lubricant for Femidom®?

Yes. Smear the inside and outside of the Femidom® with lubricant before every use. Because the Femidom® is made of nitrile you may, unlike condoms, use any type of lubricant, oil-based as well, for example a body lotion.

How long can I store them?

Femidom® may be stored for five years. They are not sensitive to damp or heat.

Can I use Femidom® together with a condom?

No. Both products could be damaged by the friction.

Why is Femidom® more expensive than a latex condom?

Femidom® is made of nitrile and this material is a bit more expensive than latex.
The most reasonably priced Femidom® are available in the Swiss Aids Federation shop.

Can Femidom® also be used for anal sex?

No. Use only condoms for anal sex.