How are condoms tested?

Our first Condom FAQ concerns testing. The Federal Government classifies condoms as a medical or pharmaceutical device. Manufacturers must meet high standards to become FDA approved. Condoms must be air and water tight, with the ability to withstand a volume of 25 liters of air or water before breakage. All condoms sold at Fantasy Gifts ® under the heading FDA approved meet or exceed these requirements. Novelty condoms that do not meet these standards must specify “Novelty” on the package. Novelty condoms will not protect against pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases.

Why do condoms break?

One often asked Condom FAQ is about breakage. No one wants a broken condom. It completely defeats the purpose! The condom may be punctured when the package is opened, not enough lubricant, or air bubbles under the condom. The integrity of a latex condom is also jeopardized when subjected to extreme heat or cold. Also store in a temperature stable environment. That is not a wallet or glove box!

How do I prevent breakage?

To prevent tearing a condom, push the condom towards a corner of the package before opening at the opposite corner. Condoms inherently cause friction; extra condom compatible lubricant may be needed. When putting the condom on, pinch the tip (reservoir) to eliminate the air and unroll the condom to the base of the shaft. What are the options for latex sensitive people? Lambskin condoms are an option. These condoms are a biological product used for birth control only and will NOT prevent against sexually transmitted diseases. Another option is a man made product called polyurethane. Polyurethane is used to make both male and female condoms, which are effective for birth control and the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases. Try our Avanti condoms if you are latex sensitive.

Is any lubricant compatible with condoms?

Do not use petroleum or mineral-based lubricants with latex condoms. These lubricants will weaken and destroy latex, causing the condoms to break. Use only water or silicone based lubricants if needed. Some examples of what NOT to use include: baby oil, mineral oil, and Vaseline.

Types of Condoms:

Latex condoms Latex condoms are made of sap, which is collected from living trees in Malaysia. It is used in condom manufacturing worldwide. Latex condoms help to prevent pregnancy and the transmission of STD’s, when used consistently and correctly. Polyurethane Condoms Polyurethane is a man-made product. Polyurethane condoms have been proven to prevent the spread of HIV and STD’s. This is an option for latex-sensitive people. ‘Stronger’, ‘Sensitive’, or Micro-thin Condoms Condoms with these labels offer the same protection as the original; however, keep in mind that thinner condoms are more prone to tearing and may need additional lubricant. Novelty Condoms Novelty, or play condoms are for sexual amusement only. They do not protect against HIV, AIDS, or pregnancy. Novelty condoms must be identified as “Novelty” on the packaging. Textured vs. Non-Textured Condoms Both condoms are just as effective; it is only a matter of personal preference.

Female Condoms The female condom is a reversed male condom made of a soft, loose-fitting polyurethane sheath. There is a soft ring at each end. The ring at the closed end helps with insertion of the condom, and helps hold it in place during sex. The ring near the opening is kept outside of the vagina, partially covering the labia. According to studies, when used correctly every time, the failure rate in a six month study was 3%. For more information, please visit the Reality® website at

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