Sex and Relations

The condoms split, why?

Published 1/10/2010 | Updated 1/10/2010

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My girlfriend and I have a problem with condoms splitting quite often. We’ve used many different brands, but have not noticed any difference. Why do you think they split so often?

Since it happens to you so often and with different brands, it’s unlikely to be a manufacturing fault. But there may be other causes.

A common cause of the condom breaking is putting it on wrong. Draw back the foreskin completely, press the air out of the teat and roll the condom out all the way to the base of the penis. Be careful that the condom doesn’t get torn by sharp nails or rings.

Do not use an oil-based lubricant with a condom as it can weaken the condom. Only use a water- or silicone-based lubricant with a condom.

Another reason for the condom to split can be too much friction and stress. This can arise if sex is not sufficiently well lubricated. You should therefore always use a lubricant during anal sex. When a girl becomes aroused, her vagina becomes wet and expands. This wetness provides lubrication during sex. If the girl is not aroused and wet or if she is not producing much lubrication for some other reason, this makes penetration more difficult and puts the condom under greater pressure, which can cause it to break. The basic rule of thumb is for a person not to have sex if they’re not sufficiently aroused and wet, as it can harm the body. However, if the girl is aroused but is not becoming wet for some other reason, simply use extra lubricant.

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