Can condom stay if erection went away?
Originally Published: December 3, 1999 - Last Updated / Reviewed On: January 12, 2007
What happens if a guy has a condom on, then his penis goes limp? Can you just get an erection again and it will be ok to use?
— Condom User
Dear Condom User,
If a guy's member decides to take a break while a condom's still on, it's not a problem. When getting hard again, just make sure that:
- the condom is once again rolled down the shaft of his penis
- there's still pinchable space at the tip
If an hour or more has passed since the condom was used for intercourse or oral sex, it's probably a good idea to put on a new one. An unused rubber is definitely in order if a guy's penis is traveling from one opening to any other or from one partner to another.
If the condom has been ejaculated into, even if it was only a very slight amount, it needs to be taken off. If there are plans to continue getting busy or to get busy later on, a new, unused one should be put on. A good rule to follow may be: "when in doubt, throw it out!" Just make sure to use a new condom the next time the mood hits you and your partner to have sex.