How does a Condom Break?

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Mar 18, 2013

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How does a Condom BreakA condom breaks only when it is not used in the way it is supposed to be used. It does not matter whether your sack session was very active or not so active. Damage to the rubber can result in a condom breaking.


  • Storing the condom in a hot and humid place such as the glove compartment of your car, using one whose expiration date is over, accidentally ripping it with fingernails, and using the same condom more than once will in all probability lead to its breaking.
  • The correct way of wearing a condom is to leave a little space at the top to allow the semen to get collected. Make sure that there are no air bubbles in there. To do that, you need to clasp the top of the condom with two fingers and use your other hand to roll it down on the erect penis. Any slip-ups in following this procedure may cause the condom to break.
  • Another problem which makes the condom break is lack of lubrication. Whenever dryness is felt by woman, either her or her partner should use a water based lubricant. Water-based lubricants are better than the oil-based ones because oil may react adversely to the latex and cause the condom to become thin. This increases the risk of the condom breaking during intercourse.
  • If the condom does not fit a man’s penis, there is every chance that it will burst. Another reason for condom breaking is inappropriate size. Most condoms are made to fit men who have an average erection of 4 to 7 inches. So, it is quite possible for a man who is better endowed to find that the condom does not cover his whole erection and will not act as appropriate contraception.
  • A condom will not break if you take all the necessary precautions but you still need to be ready for an accident. If the condom breaks while putting it on, it does give you an opportunity to discard the torn one and use a new one. Broken condoms put you and your partner at risk of STDs and also unwanted pregnancy.
  • If the condom happens to break during intercourse, the risk is genuine. Even if you have been tested to be negative for any possible disease, it would be prudent and actually very important to visit your doctor. He will examine you thoroughly and make sure that there is no health hazard.


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