How Can You Tell if a Condom Has Expired?enteenshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/T-expertAnswers-enHD-AR1.jpgFind out what the experts have to say.condom, sell by, expiration date, condom broke, condoms break, how do you know if a condom is no good?, rubbers, prophylactics, safe sex, condoms, buying condoms, using condoms, birth control stds, stis, protection, using protection, sex, having sex, sexually active10/12/200909/26/201609/26/2016Julia Brown Lancaster, MSN, WHNP-BC01/14/20150354dcbb-d478-4725-8331-9fef8a279585https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/condom-check.html/<p><em>How can you tell if a condom has expired?<br /> </em>&ndash; <em>Luis*</em></p> <p>Most condoms have expiration dates printed on the packaging. Avoid using&nbsp;a condom after it has passed the expiration date because it will start to break down and become much less effective at preventing STDs and pregnancy.</p> <p>It's not just the expiration date that matters, though. Sometimes condoms haven't been stored properly and the material breaks down before the expiration date. If a condom ever seems dry, sticky, or stiff when it comes out of the package, don't use it. Instead, get a new condom.</p> <p>It's best to store unused condoms in a cool, dry place where they won't get creased (not in a wallet or pants pocket) or dried out. And never use oil-based lubricants such as lotion, massage oil, mineral oil, petroleum jelly, or baby oil with condoms because these substances can break down the material.</p> <p><em>*Names have been changed to protect user privacy.</em></p>
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