Condoms are an effective method for preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. Most brands are very safe, but some offer less protection than others. Condoms are a popular barrier method of conception. Condoms made of latex, polyisoprene, or polyurethane effectively prevent pregnancy and the transmission of certain sexually transmitted infections STIs. Most commercial brands of condoms are very safe and approved by the U. However, people should look out for novelty condoms and natural condoms, which may not offer the same levels of protection.
Can You Reuse Condoms? Absolutely Not & Here's Why
Manufacturers of latex condoms in the United States have agreed to put expiration dates on their products, an industry spokesman said today. Norman Estrin, vice president of science and technology for the Health Industry Manufacturers Association, which represents condom manufacturers, said in a telephone interview that letters would be mailed Tuesday to several New York legislators and the Food and Drug Administration informing them of the industry's decision. Earlier this month the New York State Assembly passed a bill that would require manufacturers to put an expiration date on condoms. The letter from the Washington-based manufacturers association asks that the New York State Senate take no action on the bill in light of the manufacturers' agreement. The issue of expiration dates for condoms has taken on increased importance among legislators and people active in consumer affairs in recent years as more and more people turned to condoms for protection against sexually transmitted diseases like AIDS and genital herpes. Estrin said manufacturers would individually determine an expiration date for their products based on their own studies. Some consumer advocates have suggested that if kept away from heat and light, condoms will remain fresh from three to five years after manufacture.
What does that mean? I have some condoms that have expired according to the package. Can I use them?
I was out at Brooklyn Social with some friends the other night, when a certain horror story came up. A few weeks earlier, one of the ladies in attendance had been enjoying a heavy petting session with a new guy she was seeing He asked if she had a condom handy. Though she hadn't purchased new ones in a while--it had been more than a year since she'd had a boyfriend, and usually he bought the rubbers, anyway--she did have some old ones in an underwear drawer.