Hello, lovely folks! Today we’re going to discuss something that doesn’t get nearly enough attention: the right way to store your condoms.
Understanding proper condom storage is just as critical as knowing how to use them correctly. After all, what good is a condom if it’s damaged before you even open the package, right?
Lets get into it…
- How to Store Condoms Correctly
- What Happens When You Store Condoms Incorrectly?
- Where to store condoms
- Wrapping it up…
How to Store Condoms Correctly
The best way to store condoms is in their original packaging, in a cool, dry place. If you need to transfer them to a different container, make sure that it is airtight and does not expose the condoms to light.
Keep them away from sharp objects and do not squeeze or twist the packaging, as this can damage the condoms inside. Here’s some key considerations:
1. Avoid Extremes of Temperature
Condoms, especially latex ones, are sensitive to temperature extremes. Very high temperatures can weaken the condom, making it more likely to break. On the other hand, extremely low temperatures can make them brittle. So, stashing your condoms in the glove compartment of your car or the freezer at home might not be the best idea.
Instead, condoms should be stored in a cool, dry place where the temperature is consistent – think room temperature. Your bedside table drawer, a shelf in your closet, or a personal drawer in your bathroom are all perfect candidates.
2. Shield Them from Sunlight
Just like how the sun can wreak havoc on your skin, it can also damage condoms over time. The ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sunlight can degrade the latex, reducing the condom’s effectiveness. Always ensure that your condoms are stored out of direct sunlight to prevent this.
3. Keep Them Away from Sharp Objects
Condoms are robust when used correctly, but they’re not invincible. Sharp objects can easily damage them, even within their packaging. Ensure your condoms are kept away from keys, pens, jewelry, or anything else that could potentially puncture them.
4. Check the Expiry Date
Did you know that condoms have expiry dates? It’s true! Just like your favorite snacks, condoms can go “bad” over time, losing their strength and flexibility.
When storing condoms, remember to check the expiry date on the packaging regularly. A good rule of thumb is to use the oldest condoms first, just like you would with food in your pantry.
5. Keep Them Handy
Finally, while it’s important to store your condoms correctly, it’s also vital to have them readily accessible when you need them. There’s nothing worse than fumbling around in the dark or having to pause the moment because you can’t remember where you’ve stashed your condoms.
What Happens When You Store Condoms Incorrectly?
Condoms that are not stored correctly can deteriorate and become less effective.
Exposure to heat, light, and air can all contribute to condom degradation. If a condom is weakened or damaged, it is more likely to break during use, reducing its efficacy as a form of protection.
Where to store condoms
Condoms should be stored in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight and extreme temperatures.
Here are some common places to store condoms:
Bedside Table Drawer
This is a convenient and easily accessible option for many people because…well, the bed is a pretty common place to use condoms! The beauty of a bedside drawer is it’s usually cool, dark and close to hand. Be wary of anything sharp that might be in the drawer such as needles, safety pins, badges etc
Many people carry a few condoms in their wallet for on-the-go convenience. Be careful however that your wallet doesn’t get too warm.
Make sure to check the expiration date regularly and replace the condoms as needed.
A bathroom cabinet is a common place to store condoms as its generally discreet and means you can nip off to the bathroom to both freshen up and grab some protection.
Make sure the bathroom is cool and dry, and that the cabinet is not too close to a heat source such as a shower or bathtub.
You can easily carry a few condoms in your purse or bag. Most bags have a discreet pocket that means you can keep your condoms safe and discreet.
This is a great option for women who want to be prepared when they’re out and about.
Backpack / Gym Bag
If you’re an active person, you may want to keep a few condoms in your backpack or gym bag.
This is a convenient option for people who are always on the go.
Wrapping it up…
Proper condom storage is an essential step in ensuring the effectiveness and longevity of your protection. Keep condoms cool, dry, and away from direct sunlight, and store them in their original packaging or an airtight container to maintain their efficacy.
Regardless of where you choose to store your condoms, it’s important to keep them in a place where they will be protected from heat, moisture, and rough handling.
This will help ensure that they remain in good condition and are ready to rock and roll when you need them.