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Health & Fit Yes, Condoms Do Expire - Sometimes Before the Date Printed on the Packaging

03:25  19 november  2019
03:25  19 november  2019 Source:   popsugar.com

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Yes , condoms do expire and using one that’s past its expiry date can greatly reduce its effectiveness. This puts you and your partner at risk of sexually transmitted infections and unwanted pregnancy. Do Condoms Expire ? 7 Things to Know Before Use.

Sometimes condoms get expired well before their date of expiry due to small punctures on the packaging or condom itself due to mishandling during manufacture or transportation. Under such conditions, it is advisable to check the outer packaging of the condom by gentle press on the

You might bend the rules with food or skin care, but when the expiration date in question is stamped on a condom - the only thing standing between you and a sexually transmitted infection or unplanned pregnancy - it's best you take notice.

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"The materials used to make the condom break down over time," Kate Killoran, MD, an ob-gyn with Your Doctors Online, told POPSUGAR. That means they really do expire, typically three to five years after they're manufactured, though natural materials (like lambskin) don't last nearly as long. The same is true of condoms made with spermicidal lubricant. "The spermicide breaks down the material the condom is made from faster, shortening the shelf life by about two years," Dr. Killoran said.

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Do condoms expire ? Latex condoms have a shelf life of five years from the time they were A box of condoms should have both an expiration date and the date it was manufactured printed on the back of the packaging . Always check the dates with your partner before use, and ask if they at

Condoms have an expiry date printed on the box and also on the foil wrap Finally, a weakened expired condom puts both partners at a higher risk of sexually transmitted If stored improperly in heat and humidity, the condom might have lost its durability long before the printed expiration date .

But the date listed on the packaging isn't the only factor to consider when deciding whether or not a condom is safe to use. The Food and Drug Administration recommends that condoms be stored in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight. "Condoms stored in a wallet, purse, car, or other warm place exposed to sunlight can break down more quickly and be less effective," Dr. Killoran explained. If you want to carry one with you, the FDA suggests doing so for only a few hours at a time.

So, even condoms that haven't yet reached their expiration date can't always be trusted. "If it appears dry or cracked, or if the package is open or leaking spermicide or lubricant, it might as well be expired," Dr. Killoran told POPSUGAR. Likewise, ditch any packages where the condom seems gummy or is sticking to itself.

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Yes , condoms do expire and using one that’s past its expiry date can greatly reduce its effectiveness. This puts you and your partner at risk of sexually transmitted infections and unwanted pregnancy. Do Condoms Expire ? 7 Things to Know Before Use.

When used correctly and within the expiration date , condoms provide over 98% protection against pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. When using condoms with sex toys, they should be put on the toy before use and discarded and changed between partners.

Finally, regardless of whether a condom is bordering on expired, you should take some precautions to help prevent it from breaking. While lubrication can reduce friction, the US Department of Health and Human Services recommends water- or silicone-based lubricants over oil-based products, such as petroleum jelly or massage oil, which can weaken the material of a condom. Better safe than sorry.

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  Yes, Condoms Do Expire - Sometimes Before the Date Printed on the Packaging

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