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The How-To Lounge: Prevent Condoms From Breaking

How to Prevent Condoms From Breaking

Condoms are a pretty popular form of birth control because they help prevent you from getting STIs and from getting pregnant. This is true when they are used properly, and when they don't break. I recommend using latex condoms, or polyurethane ones if you have a latex allergy. It's also important to know that Natural Lamb condoms don't protect against STIs, but will protect you against pregnancy.

So how can you prevent the dreaded "condom breaking" nightmare? Here are some very important tips to keep in mind:

  • When the guy puts the condom on, he must make sure to leave some space at the top (the tip) so there's room for the semen he ejaculates. If you don't, pressure can build up and cause the condom to break.
  • Friction is a bad thing when it comes to sex — it feels bad and can put too much pressure on the condom. Make sure that the woman is lubricated, either naturally (it happens when the woman is aroused), or with the help of a personal lubricant. Just so you know, oil-based lubes (like baby oil or Vaseline) can break the down the latex, so only water-based lubricants — like Astroglide or KY — should be used with latex condoms. Oil-based lubes are however safe to use with plyurethane condoms like Avanti brand, since they are made out of non-latex material. You could also try using lubricated condoms.
  • Two condoms are NOT better than one. "Double Bagging" as it's called can actually cause more friction, which can cause rippage.
  • Always use a new condom each time you have sex. The package should be opened carefully, men- don't use your teeth — and the condom should be slowly unrolled all the way down the shaft of his penis.

Want to know some other important tips? Then

  • When you're done having sex, one of you should hold onto the open end of the condom (the rim) as the guy pulls his penis out of the vagina. One common problem is when the guy pulls out and the condom remain inside the woman - semen could, and most likely will, accidentally fall out. It's imperative that the used condom is taken off in a way that keeps all the semen inside, then throw it out!
  • Condoms slipping off inside the woman can be a problem too, so be sure he is wearing the correct size — if it's too big it will fall off and if it's too tight it could rip. Also keep in mind that if the guy loses his erection while inside the woman, the condom can become loose and slip off.
  • Never use a condom that has expired. Never use a damaged condom or one that looks discolored, dry, or shriveled up.

These are things every girl should know to keep herself STI and pregnant free!

— Additional reporting by Alexis Nordby

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c0rkie c0rkie 9 years
always good to remind ppl :D
theboyslover theboyslover 9 years
Thanks so much for the info. I never knew any of this <3
DearSugar DearSugar 9 years
Thanks you guys. I'm just so used to only using water-based lubrication that I totally forget about the whole oil-based "no-no" with latex condoms. Thanks for reminding me ladies - I added it it in! Auddie - you are right about the SPERMICIDAL" lubricated condoms - they can be VERY irritating. Try to find the lubricated condoms that don't have the spermicide - they might feel much better.
Bellatrix2 Bellatrix2 9 years
Wow, I learned all this at age 12. Then had another class stating all this at age 14. Again at age 15 and I think I last had to endure the "how to use a condom" speech in class when I was 16... Auddie is right though : it should have been mentioned that vaseline, petroleum based jellies and oils should NEVER be used as lubricant when you're using a condom. There are many adapted (water based) lubricants on the market and they really make sex much more enjoyable for both the woman and the man (did you know that if your boyfriend/one night stand doesn't want to wear a condom because he's not comfortable with it, you should NOT give in and try to put just one small -very small!- drop of lubricant on the top of his penis when in erection? It makes slipping the condom on easier and more agreeable for him).
rubialala rubialala 9 years
Ah, jeez, who would re-use a condom?!? Gross.
katygirlthing katygirlthing 9 years
useful, i know feel safer!
auddie auddie 9 years
Dear should have mentioned not to use petromulem based items (like Vaseline) as lubricants as they can cause microscopic holes to form in the condoms. I recommend not using lubricated condoms though. They can be very irritating if you have any skin sensitivities; no one wants a rash there.
Brians-Girl Brians-Girl 9 years
ahhh i feel like im in junior high again! haha.. although some ppl do forget these simple little tricks alot.. and thats how accidents happen!
summer-roberts summer-roberts 9 years
Very good tips, thanks for the info :)
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