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6 Reasons a Condom Might Break

Male condoms are one of the best forms of birth control out there because they're cheap, you can buy them anywhere, they prevent pregnancy, and they also prevent the spread of STIs, but they only work if they don't break! Below are six reasons why a condom might rip, so keep them in mind the next time you're getting busy.

  1. The condom is past its prime. Condom wrappers have an expiration date on them, so be sure to take note.
  2. Storage issues. Heat damages latex condoms, so they shouldn't be kept in a hot place such as a glove compartment or a wallet. Keep them in your medicine cabinet or nightstand instead.
  3. Lack of lubrication. If there is friction while having sex, especially anal sex, not only will it cause pain and irritation to your privates, but the condom can also break. So be sure to use lubricated condoms or use extra lube if you need to.
  4. You're using the wrong lubricant. If you're using latex condoms, oil-based lubricants can weaken the rubber and cause a tear, so use only water-based lubes.
  5. The condom doesn't fit. If the condom is too small or too large, it can rip, so experiment with different-sized condoms to get a snug fit — not too tight and not too loose.
  6. The woman is tight. Some women's vaginal muscles are naturally tight, so to help prevent condom breakage, lubrication (and a lot of it) is a must.

— Additional reporting by Alexis Nordby

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divinedebris divinedebris 8 years
Birth control can work for anyone, if used properly. My favorite kind of birth control? Sterilization. ;) Pretty effective.
sparklestar sparklestar 8 years
Haha honeybrown! I was going to come on here and make the same comment. ;) I work with teen parents and it was the pill that failed every single one of them.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
My favorite scene in Grease (1978) [Rizzo and Kenickie are making out in Kenickie's car, crawling into the backseat together] Kenickie: Oooh, Riz... Riz... Rizzo: Would you call me by my first name? Kenickie: Ooohh, uhhh... ooohh... uhh... Rizzo: Betty. Kenickie: Betty, Betty... [says her name several times, in increasing passion] Rizzo: Hey... ya got something? Kenickie: Are you kidding? [Sits up and gets a condom out of his wallet] Kenickie: My 25-cent insurance policy. Rizzo: Big spender! [Kenickie opens the condom packet, is shocked as he finds it broken] Rizzo: What? Kenickie: It broke! Rizzo: How could it break? Kenickie: I bought it when I was in the seventh grade. [the two spend a long nervous moment considering the situation, but look to each other with growing lust] Rizzo: What the Hell... [Rizzo grabs Kenickie, and they resume making out] Kenickie: [muffled] Oh Betty...
Katypaty Katypaty 8 years
This may sound really stupid, but I thought another way of breaking a condom was going too hard and fast. That could just be my imagination. :P
candace87 candace87 8 years
or.. #9. sorry.
candace87 candace87 8 years
I agree with luna, I consider them the back-up as well. And to herp_mommy, sometimes the girl putting it on could be an issue if she has long nails. I won't do it because I know my nails would tear it.. #8? haha!
babelicious babelicious 8 years
HoneyBrown - thats too funny!! probably he shouldnt be having sex anyway ;) well practice makes it perfect!! Id like to add #8 - crazy positions!! there are some positions where its bound to break, slip off, etc.. so always check ;)
luna08 luna08 8 years
Condoms are so chancy. They've always scared me, so much can go wrong. I consider them the "back-up, not a "primary" method.
tglynn tglynn 8 years
You could always put it on for him...
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 8 years
How about #7? The S.O.B. doesn't know how to put the damn thing on.
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