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Health Information For Teens
How can you tell if a condom has expired?
Most condoms have expiration dates printed on the packaging. Avoid using a condom after it has passed the expiration date because it will start to break down and become much less effective at preventing STDs and pregnancy.
It’s not just the expiration date that matters, though. Sometimes condoms haven’t been stored properly and the material breaks down before the expiration date. If a condom ever seems dry, sticky, or stiff when it comes out of the package, don’t use it. Instead, get a new condom.
It’s best to store unused condoms in a cool, dry place where they won’t get creased (not in a wallet or pants pocket) or dried out. And never use oil-based lubricants such as lotion, massage oil, mineral oil, petroleum jelly, or baby oil with condoms because these substances can break down the material.
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Before you consider having sex, you need to know how to protect yourself. Read this article to get the basics on birth control.
Find out what the experts have to say.
Some birth control methods work better than others. This chart compares how well different birth control methods work.
Condoms may be a good birth control option for couples who are responsible enough to use one each time and people who want protection against STDs.
Some people – even those who are having sex – are embarrassed by the topic of condoms. Here are some tips for talking about condoms with your partner.
You’ve probably heard lots of discouraging news about sexually transmitted diseases. The good news is that STDs can be prevented. Find out how to protect yourself.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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