All the Things You Didn’t Know You Should Be Doing to Your Condom

Most of us have probably been told over and over how important it is to use condoms during sex. We get it. But what we never really hear about is what steps we should be taking to ensure that our condoms are actually doing their job. It’s National Condom Month (yes, they dedicated a whole month to condoms), and there is no better time to make sure you are aware of all of the things you should be doing to your condom to ensure it isn’t compromised during sexual exchanges.

Expiration Date:

Just like lettuce, milk, and eggs, condoms expire. Before you use a condom, you should always be checking the expiration date on the back of the package. An expired condom may compromise your sexual health which is 100% not worth it. Save the headache and take the two seconds to check the expiration.

The Air Bubble Check:

All condoms are packaged with a small amount of air in them. This is intentional so you can check the packaging before opening to ensure the packaging and condom have not been punctured. To check the packaging, you will push all of the air to one corner of the package and ensure that the air does not begin to leak. If it does not, the condom has not been punctured and you are good to continue. If it does, then you should discard the condom and get another one.

The Water Test:

Let’s be real, sex can get pretty intense. It’s not uncommon for condoms to rip, tear, or pop during sexual exchanges of any kind. BUT there is a way to check after sex whether or not your condom broke during sex. Once sex is complete, take any and all condoms used and take them to the sink. You will then fill them with water. If they have been compromised, water will begin leaking out of whatever holes it has. If it doesn’t leak, the condom has not been compromised and you are good to go.

Now you are the master of condom usage and are ready to go into the world and use condoms in the most effective way possible. Happy Condom Month but remember that good condom conduct is a lifestyle. Happy sexing, my friends.


By Autumn Morris 
Certified Sex Educator 
CEO and Founder of Speaking of Sex

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