We’ve said this before, but it’s worth reiterating: protection is an important part of a healthy sex life.

You probably already know that you need to wear a condom in order to protect yourself from sexually transmitted infections and unwanted pregnancies, and you should also know that a high-quality personal lubricant can make safe sex much more pleasurable. The lube cuts down on friction and creates a natural feel. According to the CDC, adequate lubrication can also help to prevent the condom from breaking.

It’s easy to use lube with your condoms – you can apply lube to either the outside or the inside, provided that you’re using a water or silicone-based product. There’s a common misconception that lube can weaken a condom when applied to the inside, but this couldn’t be further from the truth; by reducing heat and friction, the lubricant helps to minimize stress. Adding a drop or two of your lubricant to the head of the penis will allow the condom to slip over the penis easily, and you’ll enjoy added sensations with every movement.

However, you need to use a little bit of caution when using a lubricant in this manner. Don’t use too much and don’t cover the entire penis with lube. You don’t want to make the inside of the condom too slick, as it could potentially slip off during sex. Because the inside of the condom has a limited amount of air, you won’t need too much lube anyways, and a drop or two should provide plenty of added sensations.

Here’s a few other tips to keep in mind when using lube with a condom:

Make Sure the Condom Fits Properly. Applying lubricant to the inside of a condom will make everything a little more slippery, so pay attention to the fit of the condom. If you begin to lose your erection or if the condom feels loose, withdraw immediately. Get a new condom before you continue having sex.

Store Your Condoms in a Safe Place. Keep them in a cool, dry area away from sunlight. Check for perforations in each condom’s wrapper before you get started and throw away damaged or expired condoms.

Use Water or Silicone Based Lubricants. Oil-based lubricants aren’t safe for vaginal sex, and they can damage latex or polyisoprene condoms.

Put Your Condom On Early (And Don’t Take It Off Too Late). In order to protect yourself from STDs, you should wear a condom prior to any genital contact. Withdraw immediately after ejaculation and dispose of the condom.

Be Prepared if a Breakage Occurs. If you’re using condoms as your primary contraceptive, you may want to keep the morning after pill (also known as Plan B One-Step) at your home. She should take the pill if your condom fails.

Lubricants and condoms go together like peanut butter and jelly (although they make terrible sandwich), so don’t worry about applying a drop or two to the inside of the latex. It’s a great way to add something new to your sex life, and if you know how to properly store and use your condoms, you’ll stay safe while getting more pleasure from every new experience.