Dear Dr. Locker: What are the most common reasons why condoms break?
Answer from Dr. Locker
Here are some reasons why condoms may break during use. To decrease the risk of breakage, do the OPPOSITE:
-- The package was stored in a place where a sharp object punctured it (such as if in a purse, it was poked by nail scissors).
-- The package was stored in a location that was too hot or too cold.
-- The condom had expired.
-- The package was opened with something sharp, such as teeth or fingernails, which tore the condom.
-- The condom was put on incorrectly, such as air bubbles were left in, rather than smoothed out after rolling on, or it was not unrolled all the way to the base, or no room was left at the tip.
-- An oil-based lubricant like Vaseline or hand lotion was used, and that deteriorates the latex and causes breakage.
-- The intercourse session was vigorous or long, over 20 minutes, causing the condom to tear.
-- The man stayed inside the woman after he ejaculated, and the condom fell off inside her.
-- The rim of the condom was not held when he withdrew his penis, so the semen spilled out.
For more info, this question asked how to keep them from breaking: *What can I do to keep condoms from breaking?
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