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Barrier Protection

Barrier protection methods are available at Wellness Resource Center. Other forms of contraception and birth control are available at Student Health Services for all Temple students.

Male Condom

Used on a male penis to provide protection during oral, vaginal, and anal sexual intercourse.

  1. Get verbal consent from partner
  2. Check condom expiration date
  3. Check condom packaging
  4. Open carefully and remove condom from package
  5. Place a drop of water-based lubricant inside the tip of the condom
  6. Pinch tip of the condom as it is placed on the head of the penis
  7. Put condom on and roll to the base of the penis
  8. “Burp” condom---pinch tip and gently guide any air towards the base of the penis and out of the condom
  9. Use a water-based lubricant on the outside
  10. ACTION
  11. Withdraw erect penis while holding the base of the condom
  12. Remove and dispose

Female Condom

The female condom is a great method for women who want to manage their own protection – no need to make sure that someone else has protection. This can be inserted a couple hours in advance of sexual activity, which can be convenient.

    Steps to using a female condom:

  1. Open the female condom packaging carefully.
  2. While holding the female condom at the closed end, grasp the flexible inner ring and squeeze it with the thumb and second or middle finger so it becomes long and narrow.
  3. Choose a position that is comfortable for insertion – squat, raise one leg, sit or lie down.
  4. Place the index finger on the inside of the condom, and push the inner ring up as far as it will go. Be sure the sheath is not twisted. The outer ring should remain on the outside of the vagina.
  5. The female condom is now in place and ready for use with your partner.
  6. To remove the female condom, twist the outer ring and gently pull the condom out.
  7. Throw the female condom in the trash.

Dental Dam

A dental dam is a stretchable square of latex used as a barrier for safer sex during cunnilingus — oral stimulation of the clitoris and vulva — and anilingus — oral stimulation of the anus.

    Steps to using dental dam:

  1. Hold the dental dam over the vulva or anus
  2. Make sure the dental dam remains in one place
  3. Always keep the same side against the body
  4. DO NOT share or reuse
  5. Throw the dental dam in the trash


STDs can be prevented through protection such as condoms and dental dams. Testing is made available to members of the Temple community at Wellness Resource Center and Student Health Services. Find more information on contraception and birth control at