Condoms don’t break often. In fact, when used properly, they have a 98 percent success rate, making them one of the most reliable forms of birth control available. However, every so often, condoms do break, but not typically without a reason. When you know what causes condoms to break, you can take the necessary steps to prevent it from happening in the first place, and that’s why, in our last blog, our OBGYN in Venice went over a few reasons why condoms break. If you haven’t already, check it out, and keep reading to learn more.

#4. You don’t use enough lubrication.

In our last blog, we talked about how, condoms that stick around for too long after their expiration dates will start to dry out and become brittle, which makes them prone to breakage. When you’re buying condoms, make sure that you are buying lubricated condoms. And, even then, it doesn’t hurt to use additional lubrication, because a lack of lubrication plus friction is a recipe for a broken condom.

#5. You use the wrong lubricant.

Not only is a lack of lubrication a bad idea, but using the wrong kind of lubrication with a condom can also lead to condom failure. Any time you are using a latex condom, which happens to be the most common kind of condoms, it’s essential to only use water-based lubricants. Why? Because oil-based lubricants, such as vaseline, can actually weaken the structural integrity of the condom, making breaks and tears more likely.

#6. The condom is not the right size.

Much like in the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, condoms need to fit just right in order to be as effective as possible. Condoms are not meant to fit super snugly, and if the condom is too tight, there’s a much higher chance that it will break. On the other hand, if the condom doesn’t fit snugly enough, it’s likely to leak from the base. This problem is far more common than many people realize. Thirty-five percent of men need smaller condoms than the standard size.

#7. You open the wrapper too aggressively.

Believe it or not, many people tear the condom before they even get started. When you open a new condom, it’s important to be very careful. You’d be surprised at how easily a condom can tear or break when you rip into the package with sharp nails, scissors or other tools.

While there are many things that can cause condoms to break, they’re still incredibly effective, and since they’re the only form of birth control that actually prevents STIs, it’s always smart to use a condom. However, if you’re in a long-term relationship, and you’re not worried about contracting an STI, you should know that condoms aren’t the only form of contraception available to you. When it comes to birth control, there are a plethora of options to choose from; you just have to find the right one for you! If you’re in the market for a new form of birth control, or if you have any questions or concerns about condoms and why they break, contact us!