How do condoms break or fail? This is one of the common questions healthcare professionals receive most of the time. Even if you do not ask these questions from anybody, the curiosity still exists to answer. Here are a few of the possible reasons for a condom failure.
01. You bought the wrong condom size
Wearing too tight or too loose condoms defeat their purposes. Wearing a too-tight condom breaks off during the sex, and too loose do not sit properly on the penis, and hence, the risk of getting pregnant or infected from STIs looms. Therefore, it is necessary to wear the right size of the condom.
The proper condom usage starts from the moment you buy it. Different sizes of condoms like Small, Medium, and Large, Xtra Large are available in the marketplace. You can purchase the right size of a condom only when you know the correct length, width, and girth of the penis.
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02. You’re using the wrong lubricants
There are different kinds of lubricants available in the market, but not all are safe. For instance, if you use oil-based lubricants with a latex condom, it will damage the latex by rupturing it. So, make sure to use the right lubricants with condoms. Generally, water and silicone-based lubricants are ideal for latex condoms, whereas oil-based lubricants, including petroleum jelly, are safe to use with non-latex condoms. It is advised to read the instructions written on the condom packaging carefully before buying any lubricant.
03. You’re not using enough lubricants
If your partner change positions frequently or there is excessive friction during intercourse, condoms can rupture. To avoid this, use plenty of lubricants. And, if you change positions frequently, apply additional oil whenever you change the situation.
04. You’re not storing at the right temperature
The condoms break or rupture easily if exposed to substantial temperature shifts or moisture. Even if they get direct exposure to the sunlight, they become ineffective or rupture over time. Therefore, store them at room temperature, i.e., either over 100 F or less than 32 F. Never keep it in your pocket or a wallet. Similarly, avoid storing them in your glove compartments.
05. You’re putting it the wrong way
It is one of the most common mistakes made by males. They roll a condom inside out, and when they realize that they had unrolled it wrongly, they flip and reuse it. This decreases condom effectiveness and poses a greater health risk to both partners. Therefore, if you have rolled the condom inside-out, throw it, and use another condom.
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06. You’re not leaving space at the tip
It is necessary to leave some room at its tip so that semen can collect in it. If a person fails to leave a reservoir for cum, the likelihood of a condom’s breakage increases during ejaculation. Similarly, if the air not squeezed from the tip while putting on the condom, condoms will either break or slip off.
07. You’re doing incorrect withdrawal
Just like you need to learn how to put on condoms rightly, similarly, you must know the right way to take it off. The incorrect withdrawal procedure spills sperm into the vagina or rectum and may defeat its primary purpose. Another thing to consider is always to withdraw the condom when the penis is erect. If the penis shrinks, the condom will slip off automatically, which will lead to semen spillage.
08. You’re using a Lambskin condom
Lambskin or natural condoms are ideal to use by those who suffer from latex allergies. However, while using these condoms, kindly comprehend that they do not provide the same protection level against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) as latex condoms. So, if you use lambskin condoms, they can fail in preventing the spread of STIs. The best resort uses polyisoprene or polyurethane condoms, which are as effective as latex condoms in preventing pregnancy and STIs.
09. You’re reusing condoms
Never reuse a condom. Even if you have not ejaculated, you cannot reuse the condom or keep it for later purposes. The condom used is not suitable for any sex with the same or different partner during the same or near-future sexual encounter. The chances of breakage increase with repeated usage.
10. You’re using expired condoms
Many studies reveal that a woman conceives if his partner uses an expired condom. Even many males admit that they never check the expiry date of the condom before putting it on. To prevent pregnancy and the risk of STIs, you cannot take the chance of using an expired condom. Throw it away.
11. You’re wearing condoms before inspecting
Sometimes, due to manufacturing defects, condoms contain flaws or holes. So, if you wear such condoms, they are as good as doing sex with bare skin. Thus, make it a standard practice to inspect your condom thoroughly before wearing it. It may kill your mood initially, but it is always better to safe than sorry.
12. You’re using two condoms simultaneously
Whatever may be the case, you should not use two condoms simultaneously for extra safety. Believe it, they will cause more harm than doing good to you. When these two condoms rub, friction produces, which may break the one condom. Therefore, you should not put on two condoms at a time. Similarly, avoid using male and female condoms together.