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Condoms and Circumcision

Q. I am uncircumcised, and I have heard when using condoms, it is important to pull the skin back on the penis before putting on the condom. Is this true??? When I use a condom I do not have any trouble getting one on; however, I practiced getting one on with my skin pulled back and had a lot of difficulty for a couple of reasons. First, I can’t get a condom to fit. Secondly, my skin cannot stay pulled back when I have an erection. Any advice???

A. Whoever told you to pull the skin back on your penis before putting on a condom probably either didn’t own a penis, or was circumcised. You shouldn’t try to hold the foreskin back (as you figured out). I would suggest you try a variety of condom styles, by yourself, and practice until you figure out what works best for you. Just make sure you’ve got a sombrero and not a shower cap when you look at the condom, and roll it on down without trying to hold the foreskin any particular way.

Uncircumcised men have rated Lifestyles Extra Pleasure and Pleasure Plus most highly. They are cut differently, with more room at the tip. Both also work well for men with piercings of the frenulum, foreskin or corona. Last I checked, the Health Center, Open Door and Planned Parenthood have Lifestyles, (for cheap or free). Good Relations has both, and Long’s has Lifestyles.