Causes for Condom Failure and Tips to Use Condom Properly

By:Meenakshi Chaudhary, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Jun 17, 2014

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Scared about the recent condom failure? These common reasons for condom failure will help you avoid another such incident and understand the proper way to use condoms.
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    Safety First

    Among the entire birth control options available condom is the most convenient and safest solution. Moreover it is a mandatory measure to prevent STDs. However, sometimes even condoms fail. Here are the most common causes of condom failure and the ways to use it properly. Image Courtesy: Getty Images


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    Improper Placement

    Condom is an easy to use thing however it's is very crucial to wear it properly before the intercourse. Wearing a condom only up to midway or not following the instruction properly while wearing it, may pose risk of leakage of sperm and even condom rupture. Make sure you wear it just the way as instructed on the packaging. Image Courtesy : Getty Images


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    Wrong Size

    Although this is a less common reason however if it happens it poses a great risk of condom failure. Condoms come in different sizes to suit every penis size. Wearing a condom that is too tight or too close for your member will is very likely to result in failure. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

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    Rough Use

    Latex condoms are very flexible and safe to use but everything has its limits. A rough intercourse can make a condom puncture, especially when there is less than sufficient lubrication. It is always better to use it gently without putting too much strain on it. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

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    Manufacturing Defects

    Even a condom has an expiry date and posts that date it is no longer safe. It is also possible for a condom to have a manufacturing defect that may cause it to break easily. Make sure you always check the expiry date and look for any possible defects while wearing a condom. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

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    Rough Handling

    Modern day condoms are quite strong however even they can't sustain damages caused by rough handling. Fingernails and clothes can easily cause severe damage to a condom when handled roughly. Always be careful while opening a condom packet and wearing it. Image Courtesy: Getty Images


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    Using More Than Once

    This is a rare case considering the fact that one time use of a condom leaves it practically unusable. However condoms are to be strictly used just once, even if it accidentally comes off during the first and only use. Use as many condoms during an intercourse but never use one condom for more than one intercourse. Image Courtesy : Getty Images

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    Lack of Lubrication

    Although, every condom usually comes with lubrication however at times you may need some extra lubrication. Never miss on getting ample lubrication as otherwise it will pose a great risk of condom failure and may even ruin your romantic moment. Image Courtesy : Getty Images


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    Using Oil Based Lubricants

    Yes it is always better to use some extra lubrication however oil based lubricants can easily damage latex condoms. Avoid using oil based lubricants and always use latex friendly lubricants. Image Courtesy : Getty Images


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    Remove ASAP Once Done

    Leaving a condom on for long after ejaculation can allow sperm to leak out of it while the penis shrinks. If the sperm leaks inside your partner, it can ruin your birth control plans. Proper use of condoms can ensure high success rate without much efforts. Image Courtesy : Getty Images

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