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Section 1
Section 2

- Information
- Objectives
- Male Condom
- Properties
- Latex
- Plastic
- Correct Use
> Breakage
- Behaviors
- Cautions
- Protection
- Female
- Characteristics
- Use
- Spermicides
- Characteristics
- Correct Use
- Preferences
- Diaphragm
- Characteristics
- Considerations
- Correct Use
- Fitting
- Follow-up
- Sponge
- New Methods

Section 3


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Section 2 - Method Information

Male Condom Breakage and Slippage Rates

Most condom breakage is due to human error

  • Among experienced users, breakage and slippage is very rare

  • Condom breakage rates are less than 5% among the majority of users

  • A small number of users are responsible for most breakage and slippage

Slide 18

If male condoms break or slip, it is usually because of human error. With modern technology and quality control, condom breakage is rarely due to faulty manufacturing. Studies have examined the incidence of breakage, the term used when a condom develops a hole or tear, and slippage, the term used when the condom comes off of the penis while it is in the vagina. Among experienced users, condom breakage or slippage is very rare. Among the majority of users, breakage rates are less than 5 percent.

In studies where higher rates of breakage have been reported, a small number of users were found to be responsible for most of the failures. This suggests that counseling can greatly improve an individual’s successful use of condoms. Providers need to be able to identify users who may be using condoms incorrectly and help them reduce their risk of condom failure. The next two slides will discuss the behaviors that are most likely to cause condom breakage or slippage.



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