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Hello all,

I haven't posted in a long time, but needed to ask a quick question.

I had intercourse last night, using a condom that expires in 11/08. All seemed well (no breaks or slips), and he checked the condom afterwards by putting water in it and pressing down -- to ensure there were no holes. I know you don't feel that is necessary, but since it gave him peace of mind, I felt good about letting him do it.

Would it be safe to assume that I could use the box of condoms with him up until they expire? What is the general opinion on this site? Should condoms be tossed when they are nearing a year of their expiration date?

Thanks in advance for any/all answers and hope you guys are well...


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They really should be just fine. The condom retailers I have known have tended to donate stock when it's within six months of expiry date, but even then, they're not giving them away thinking they'll break (which would obviously be pretty unethical).

With condoms, if it's before the expiry date, you're good. After the expiry date, I'd toss them to be on the safe side.

Good to see you again, and hope you're doing well. [Smile]

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