Some condoms are already lubricated with dry silicone, jellies, or creams. If you buy condoms not already lubricated, it’s a good idea to apply some yourself.

If you use a separate lubricant, be sure to use the water-based and made for this purpose. If you’re not sure which to choose, ask your pharmacist.

The use of water-based lubricants with latex condoms decreases risk even further by preventing condom breakage.

Never use a lubricant that contains oils, fats, or greases, baby oil or lotion, hand or body lotions, cooking shortenings, or oily cosmetics like cold cream. They can seriously weaken latex, causing a condom to tear easily.