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- 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

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Section 2 - Method Information

Behaviors Likely to Cause Condom Breakage and Slippage

  • Opening package with teeth or sharp objects

  • Unrolling condom before putting it on

  • Having intercourse for more than 20 minutes

  • Having especially intense intercourse

Source: Spruyt, et al. 1996.
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Research has identified four primary types of user behaviors that can cause excessive breakage or slippage of condoms.

  • Opening the package with sharp objects such as teeth, scissors, knives and pencils was associated with condom breakage.
  • Unrolling condoms before putting them on also led to higher breakage and slippage rates. Condoms should always be unrolled onto the penis, rather than pulled on like a sock.
  • Having intercourse for more than 20 minutes led to high rates of condom slippage.
  • Having especially intense intercourse was also associated with condom slippage.


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