Q: Quite often when having sex with my girlfriend, the condom splits! Am I doing something wrong or is there something wrong with me?

A: If a condom is used correctly, it shouldn't split. A split condom can result from the following:
  1. Storing your condoms in a hot place like a car on a hot day
  2. Using one that is past its use by date
  3. Damaging it when opening and removing it from the wrapper
  4. If you're stupid enough using the same condom more than once.
The condom is likely to split if not enough room as left at the top. The trick to leaving enough room is pinch the tip (the teat) of the condom between two fingers with one hand as you place it on the head of your penis, then continue holding on to it as you roll the rubber down over your shaft with your other hand. Lack of lubrication is another common cause. Always use a water-based lube like KY Jelly, apply to the outside of the condom whenever you experience dryness of your partner down below. Be aware that any food, lotion, or any oil-based product will cause latex to wear thin and eventually go pop!

It's also possible that your condoms are not the right match for your penis. Most condoms are made to men of average size when erect which is about 4 to 7 inches. If the ones you usually use does not cover your entire shaft, or if it feels to tight, try a brand that caters specifically for well-endowed men.

By following these few simple steps, it should prevent your condoms from splitting in the future. Don't forget that a split condom not only runs the risk of the girl getting pregnant, it also exposes you and your sexual partner to STD's. So if a condom does split it is very important to replace it before continuing sex.