What Causes Condoms to Break?

Condoms can sometimes rip during use.  Before you use a condom, always check to make sure there are no holes or rips in the condoms.

1)  A condom has expired

All condoms have an expiration date printed on the wrapper.  Do not use a condom that has expired as the condom could be dried out, causing the material to become brittle.  This can lead to the condom to tear during use.

2)  Condom is too tight

If the condom is too tight on the erection, or does not roll down the entire length of the erect penis, this can cause the condom to break.  Choose a condom that is larger in size. Condoms are now available in large and extra large sizes.

3)  Not storing your condoms properly

It is important to store your condoms in a cool, dry area away from heat.  The heat can damage the material of the condom, making it more susceptible to breakage.  We would not suggest storing your condoms in your wallet or your glove compartment.

4)  Not using enough lubrication

If your partner is too dry or if you are having anal sex, in which there is no natural lubrication produced, use a condom-safe personal lubricant. Not having enough lubrication can cause friction in the condom which can create a tear.

5)  Using an oil-based lubricant

If you use an oil-based lubricant such as Vaseline or baby oil, this can damage the condom.  Always use a water-based or other condom-safe lubricants.

6)  Doubling up on the condom

Using two condoms instead of one does not give you more protection, it actually can cause the condom to rip.  Wearing two condoms will cause friction between each condom, which can result in the condom ripping.