NguyenThanhSang
Where do condoms often break, and when condoms break, do we know?
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helpline-volunteer
Hi there,

Thank you for your question. Condoms can tear anywhere essentially but using them and storing them properly can help decrease the risk of them breaking. Exposure to heat, sun, oils and chemicals can all affect the integrity of the condom (1). It's also important to check the expiry date as the materials making up the condom can also weaken over time (1). A condom may tear during use if it does not fit properly or is not put on correctly (1). They can also tear due to excessive friction, lack of lubrication or if the condom comes into contact with something sharp such as piercings, rings, teeth etc (1). Usually if a condom breaks, you should be able to tell as there should be a change in sensation or you might feel a "snapping" sensation (2). This risk can be reduced by using water-based lubricants and following the measures above (2).

References:
(1) Condom Integrity
(2) Condom Breaking

Thank you,
AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Shawn

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