Condoms have long expiry dates but it is best to use them much before that. Latex condoms are usable up to 6 years if stored in a cool and dry place. Condoms become prone to fail when their structural integrity is compromised. Keeping it in your wallet or any place that exposes it to heat and moisture and of course when its expiry date is over disturbs the structural integrity. Risk of using expired condoms is more than just unwanted pregnancy and it can also lead to STDs or simply irritation.
After the expiration date of latex condom is over, its latex starts to dry out making it brittle. With more drying, the flexibility and strength of the condoms keeps getting worse. The older the condom, the more likely it is to break. Even the spermicides used in some condoms become less effective after the expiry date. This is because the substance that kills sperms loses its lubrication and loses its effectiveness.
Make sure you avoid the risk of using expired condoms by checking the pack and replacing one if it is close to expiry.
Image courtesy: Getty Images
Read more on Condoms.
All possible measures have been taken to ensure accuracy, reliability, timeliness and authenticity of the information; however Onlymyhealth.com does not take any liability for the same. Using any information provided by the website is solely at the viewers’ discretion. In case of any medical exigencies/ persistent health issues, we advise you to seek a qualified medical practitioner before putting to use any advice/tips given by our team or any third party in form of answers/comments on the above mentioned website.