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I know that condoms can break if not lubricated properly, but I was wondering: what are the chances of a condom having a small hole in it, or a tear that someone couldn't notice?

I tend to worry more than I should about things like this.. :/

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Condoms don't have tiny holes or tears. The best way to explain it is to say just think of a balloon popping... they tend to shred and so will condoms. If they break you'll know.

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Ooh I have a follow-up question relating to this. In the show Weeds, the main character's son is trying to get his girlfriend pregnant so he pokes holes in the condoms using safety pins (while the condom is in the condom wrapper). Despicable I know. But anyway she ends up becoming that actually likely to happen if there's a tiny hole?
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By all means, if a condom has any kind of break in it, even a small one, they are much less likely to be effective.

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