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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.
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:
- 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.