Condoms can sometimes rip or tear, but using and storing them properly can help reduce this risk. Heat, sun, oils, and chemicals all can weaken condoms, making them more susceptible to breakage.
- Keep condoms away from heat and light, which can dry them out.
- Don’t use oils or lotions with a condom, only water-based lubricants.
- Carrying a condom in your wallet, where it may be folded or sat on, can also wear down the material and cause the condom to break.
- Don’t open a condom with anything sharp, like scissors or teeth.