Still carrying around that condom you stuck into your wallet six months ago? And do you believe that condoms can be used over and over again as long as they don’t break? If your answer to either of these questions is “yes,” there may be a lot about condoms you don’t know.
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We encourage you take our condom quiz, full of answers to the most common questions about our protective friends.
Are only latex condoms recommended for the prevention of unintended pregnancies and STDs?
Yes. Lambskin (or sheepskin) condoms, the second most available type of condom, have tiny pores that might be large enough to allow viruses to pass through.
Are oil-based lubricants such as baby oil and Vaseline safe to use with latex condoms?
No. Use only water-based lubricants such as K-Y Jelly with condoms. Oil-based lubricants will weaken the condom and cause it to break.
Could condoms break if the tip is not pinched to remove air bubbles?
Yes. Always pinch the tip of the condom before unrolling it.
After sex, should a man immediately withdraw from his partner, holding onto the base of the condom?
Yes. This will prevent the condom from slipping off and possibly leaking inside his partner.
If you wash it carefully, can a condom be used over and over?
No. Condoms can be used only once. Always use a new one if passion strikes twice.
Does one size fit all?
Yes. This is a trick question. While some companies make larger-sized condoms, a standard-sized condom can be stretched over the head of the penis. (Yes, it’s true.) The standard size should be large enough to accommodate most men.
Do condoms, like groceries, have expiration dates?
Yes. Most condoms are good for three to five years. Check for the date printed on the box or directly on the condom itself.
To be prepared, is it a good idea to always have a condom in your wallet?
No. This is a bit of a trick question. While you should be prepared, condoms kept in warm places like a wallet or a glove compartment can weaken from the heat. An outside coat pocket or at home in cool, dry place is a better option.
So, how did you score?