- Check package for damage and be sure condom
is not dry or discolored
- Use only water-based lubricants
- Use a new condom for each act of intercourse
- Avoid unrolling condom wrong side out and
then flipping it over
- Consider holding end of condom while unrolling
In addition to the four behaviors described above, there are
other behaviors that can lead to condom breakage, contamination,
or slippage that should also be avoided.
- Carefully check the condom package to be sure that it is
not torn or damaged. Check the expiration or manufacturers
date on the package to be sure it is not expired. Do not use
a condom that is brittle or dry or if it has changed color.
- Use only water-based solutions such as K-Y jelly, spermicidal
gels or creams, or saliva for lubrication. Oil-based products
such as petroleum jelly, hand lotion, or mineral or vegetable
oils should never be used because they can weaken latex in
just a few minutes, making the condom more likely to break.
- Use a new condom for each act of intercourse. A male condom
should never be washed and reused as this also can substantially
weaken the latex.
- Starting to unroll the condom wrong side out on the penis
and then flipping it over to put it on correctly may contaminate
the outside of the condom with pre-ejaculatory fluid containing
STD microorganisms. If this happens and it is suspected that
contamination has occurred, the condom should be thrown away
and replaced with a new one.
- Many condoms have a receptacle on the end for semen. If
the condom does not have one, some recommend holding the end
of the condom while unrolling it onto the penis. This creates
a space for the semen. Some feel this could prevent condom
breakage or slippage although clear research on this issue
has not been done.