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What if the Condom Breaks?

What's the best thing to do if the condom breaks during sex?
- Meagan*

Many times, a couple won't notice that a condom broke until after sex. But if you know that the condom has broken during sex, stop right away, and use a new condom.

If the condom does break:

To prevent condoms from breaking, keep them away from heat and light, don't carry them in a wallet, don't open them with anything sharp (like scissors or teeth), and avoid using oils or lotions on them. The material used to make condoms can weaken over time, so check the expiration date and don't use one that has expired.

Reviewed by: Larissa Hirsch, MD
Date reviewed: March 2011

* Names have been changed to protect user privacy.

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