How to Store Condoms Effectively
Do Condoms Expire?
Condoms, indeed, just like pretty much everything else in this world, expire, eventually. If you check on the side of a box of condoms, you will find a date tipped into it; that is the date the condoms are due to become unusable. In general, the typical latex condom will take approximately 6 years to expire under optimal conditions. It is best to use your condoms a good while before approaching that date. Also, there’s a number of ways to check whether the condom is safe to be used or not.
Does It Have Any Holes?
Make sure you touch the surface of the condom to be certain there are no holes or punctures on it. Finding any does not necessarily mean the condom has ran out of date, but bear in mind, condoms that have not ran out of date do not usually break. Obviously, there’s not much point in using a broken condom.
Check the Texture of the Latex
Condoms are not meant to be dry, but they are not supposed to be too moist either. Before covering your intimate part with one, make sure you
have touched and felt it. If you feel it too watery or if it’s sticky, there’s a high chance the condom has ran out of date. If, on the other hand, you feel it dry, it means it’s not lubricated anymore, which is a clear sign of being unusable.
Mind the Packaging of the Condom
If the packaging of the condom does not look good to you, the condom inside it should not be good either. If you find any rips, holes, or if the package is quite bent, chances are the condom has been damaged or it might not be lubricated anymore. Press it and see whether there’s air being expelled from the inside. You may not want to take any risks if there is.
Does the Condom Smell Bad?
In case of doubt, trust your smell. If you find a condom releases an unpleasant smell, there is a high probability of it being out of date. Many people don’t enjoy the smell of lubricated latex, but we are talking about a much meaner smell than that, a kind of chemical smell. You know, sometimes, mistakes just happen during the manufacturing process.
Don’t Expose Condoms to Extreme Temperatures