Things can happen in the heat of passion when you and bae are getting down and dirty. Accidents can happen even when you’ve been responsible and used a condom with the very best of intentions.
Fun Fact: 1 out of every 250 condoms you use breaks!
We spoke to Dr Sarah Welsh, co-owner of the condom brand HANX, who told us that the main reason for condoms breaking comes down to incorrect use. When putting on a condom, Sarah says to always make sure to leave a space at the top by pinching the “tip” of the condom. If you don’t leave a space at the tip to collect those little swimmers, it can create a balloon-like effect, causing the condom to burst from the friction and pressure build-up.
Another common mistake that some of us make is not knowing that condoms should be kept in a cool and dry place because heat can damage the latex and cause the condom to split.³ So if your “secret” or emergency hiding spot for condoms is in your car or wallet, you should probably reconsider and move them somewhere cooler.
Who would have known that condoms need so much TLC?!
Like many things in life, condoms have expiration dates. “Certain materials in condoms can weaken over time”, Dr Welsh explains, “so it is important they are not past their recommended expiration date”. So what can we take from this? ALWAYS check the expiration date on your condom. And if the condom is expired, don’t risk it.
A tip from Dr Welsh is to use lubrication if need be – too much friction can sometimes cause a condom to break. But be sure to never use an oil-based lubricant with a latex condom as the oil wears down the latex and will eventually split!