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Q. Can I use expired condoms?

Answered by
Dr. Duraisamy Palanisamy
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Mar 08, 2017 and last reviewed on: Jan 20, 2022

Hello Doctor,

Can I use expired condoms? Is it dangerous? Will it affect my health?

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Hi,

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Use of expired condom will not cause any serious health issue. The following can happen: 

  • Loss of strength and flexibility of condom resulting in breakage leading to unwanted pregnancy and spread of Sexually Transmitted Diseaes (STDs)
  • Loss of lubrication
  • Chances of allergy - irritation of penis and vagina causing rashes
  • Chances of Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)
  • Loss of effectiveness of the spermicides in the condom

 Even if the condom is expired, it is better to use it rather than not using one.

Consult a sexologist online to know other modes of contraception --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/sexologist


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