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Expired condoms?

What expires? The lube and the durability of the latex? I should throw them away right?

 
staciandababy

Asked by staciandababy at 1:13 AM on Mar. 7, 2013 in Trying to Conceive

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Answers (8)
  • Heh heh... a buck a fuck. Oh well, still cheaper than a baby. ;)
    JulieJacobKyle

    Answer by JulieJacobKyle at 5:58 PM on Mar. 7, 2013

  • OK. Funny story.
    When I was young, my mom and I were having the Birth Control talk. I had told her that I had sex, and she asked what we used and I said condoms.
    All of a sudden she jumped up and yells "OH MY GOD! You didn't use the ones in your fathers dresser drawer did you?!?!"
    I'm like "no, he bought some."
    And she replies "Thank god . Those things are 17 years old! They're probably dry rotted!"

    But to answer your question, the lubricant and stuff in them can go bad. There's a certain amount of parabens and stuff that are used as preservatives and anti-fungals so the condoms have a shelf life. You might be looking at a nasty yeast infection. I can't say one way or another if the condoms themselves would be good or not.

    I'd say pitch them.
    PartyGalAnne

    Answer by PartyGalAnne at 1:21 AM on Mar. 7, 2013

  • They smell funny when the rubber breaks down, too. We once found some really *really* old Rough Rider condoms and used them because we couldn't wait, LOL. They were probably 10+ years old. Don't do it.
    JulieJacobKyle

    Answer by JulieJacobKyle at 1:24 AM on Mar. 7, 2013

  • Yes, you should throw them away unless you want the latex to get old and crack. Or you want another baby. :)
    PMSMom10

    Answer by PMSMom10 at 1:22 AM on Mar. 7, 2013

  • I would not use an expired condom. Unexpired ones can break - using an expired one would be just begging for it to break! I wouldn't take that chance!
    wendythewriter

    Answer by wendythewriter at 8:05 AM on Mar. 7, 2013

  • Damnit. I don't want parabens in my vagina!!!! I am on birth control and fully breastfeeding with no periods.
    staciandababy

    Comment by staciandababy (original poster) at 1:32 AM on Mar. 7, 2013

  • Better safe than sorry. Pitch the old ones. You can get new ones cheap at any grocery store or pharmacy.
    Ballad

    Answer by Ballad at 12:19 PM on Mar. 7, 2013

  • They are like a dollar a condom here , on the cheap spectrum.
    staciandababy

    Comment by staciandababy (original poster) at 12:22 PM on Mar. 7, 2013