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Do condoms have a 'use-by' date?
16 Apr 2012

Manufacturers of condoms place 'use-by' dates on their packaging for condoms, and usually provide a list of instruction for condom care. Some important things to remember about looking after condoms and using them properly are:

  • Store them in a cool, dry place. Don't leave them in the car!
  • Don't use them after the use-by date. The materials used in them can deteriorate if left too long.
  • Don't use the same condom more than once.
  • Don't use an oil-based lubricant with a condom, as the material in the condom can break down, causing the condom to rupture. Water-based lubricants are much more suitable with condoms.

For more information on this, check out our topic Condoms.

And you can find all sorts of useful information in the topics under our Sexual Health section.

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