Where You Keep Your Condoms Is Important

Playing Drs. Rx: Why a Wallet Is Bad Place for a Condom

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Are you guilty of making a common and potentially life-threatening mistake with your condoms?

The Doctors share how keeping a condom in your wallet for a month gives it a 50 percent chance of breaking. ER physician expert Dr. Travis Stork suggests that if you do keep a condom in your wallet to replace it more often.

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OB/GYN Dr. Nita Landry notes that a faulty or damaged condom can lead to a pregnancy or a sexually transmitted disease.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, these are to the Dos and Don't when it comes to condom use:

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  • DO use a condom every time you have sex.
  • DO put on a condom before having sex.
  • DO read the package and check the expiration date.
  • DO make sure there are no tears or defects.
  • DO store condoms in a cool, dry place.
  • DO use latex or polyurethane condoms.
  • DO use water-based or silicone-based lubricant to prevent breakage.


  • DON’T store condoms in your wallet as heat and friction can damage them.
  • DON’T use nonoxynol-9 (a spermicide), as this can cause irritation.
  • DON’T use oil-based products like baby oil, lotion, petroleum jelly, or cooking oil because they will cause the condom to break.
  • DON’T use more than one condom at a time.
  • DON’T reuse a condom.


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