SERC 101: broken condom blues

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Broken condoms can certainly ruin a mood. That’s why it is super important to store and use them properly. If you store and use a condom right, it should not break. Here are a few things to remember:

Condom do’s and don’ts:

  • Double bagging is good for groceries, not sex. Never wear two condoms at once. The friction can weaken the condom and could cause it to break.
  • Use water based lube products! Never use oil-based lubricants such as Vaseline. Again, this can weaken a latex condom. Not enough lube and lots of friction can mean broken condoms.
  • Make sure you are using a condom that is a good fit. Penises come in all shapes and sizes. So do condoms. Find one that’s right for your member. There should be some room at the tip of the condom.
  • Never reuse a condom. Condoms are one-time-use only.
  • Always check for an expiration date and make sure the condom has not been damaged before using.
  • Find a home for condoms that isn’t too hot or too cold. Do not store condoms in your car. A good place to store condoms would be in a dresser drawer.
  • Don’t keep condoms in wallets or back pockets. Friction weakens them!

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Republished from The Quill print edition, Volume 104, Issue 3, September 17, 2013.