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Can a Condom Wrapper Break While It's in Your Wallet?

Can a condom wrapper break while it's in your wallet?
- Alisia*

Yes. Carrying a condom in your wallet, where it may get folded or sat on, can break or tear the wrapper. But even if the wrapper looks fine, the condom inside might not be. Condoms can get pretty worn out if they're carried around in a wallet. That means they can break more easily. Another problem with carrying condoms in a wallet is that it's easy to leave them there for a long time. Older condoms are also more likely to break when used.

So what's the best way to carry condoms? Start by keeping a supply at home in a bedside drawer or somewhere they won't be affected by temperature changes and humidity. Then, before you go out, put a few in your purse or jacket pocket. (You can put any unopened condoms back with your supply after you get home.)

Body heat is another thing that causes condom material to break down over time. It's OK to carry condoms in a front pocket for a few hours, but try not to put condoms in a back pocket where they'll get bent or sat on. And don't carry condoms in the same pocket as keys or other things that could tear the wrapper.

To help you remember to take condoms with you, keep them in the same place as your phone, wallet, or other items that you can't leave home without. You'll be less likely to forget your condoms if you see them as you pick up something you always carry with you!

Reviewed by: Steven Dowshen, MD
Date reviewed: August 2013

*Names have been changed to protect user privacy.

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