Sex Advice

Dear Dr. Locker: What can I do to keep condoms from breaking?

Answer from Dr. Locker

Here are some tips to avoid breakage:

-- Never unroll the condom before you roll it on the penis.

-- Use lubrication. Condoms can break during use if they dry out during sex. Use a water-based lubricant only. Never use anything with oil in it, because it will deteriorate the condom, and it will break.

-- Be careful that your fingernails don’t rip the condom when you are putting it on.

-- Check the condom every once in a while during sex, by pulling out and looking at it or feeling it to make sure it has not broken.

-- Change the condom if it is an extra-long session. Condoms can wear out if sex goes on for a long time.

-- Do not store condoms in a place that’s too hot or too cold. It should be between 50 and 85 degrees. Your wallet, or your car glove compartment, is too hot.

-- Make sure the expiration date hasn’t passed.

-- Change brands if you are still having problems.

For more info, this question asked the opposite: *What are the most common reasons why condoms break?

Also, read here about how to use condoms properly: *What are the proper steps to use a condom?

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