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newtotherealworld
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Quick question. Does storing a condom in inconsistent temperatures effect its effectiveness at all? I have a pocket in the sleeve of my winter jacket, so It's not really close to my body and isn't subjected to extremely warm temperatures. But it's been in there for a couple weeks and every day it's moves from fairly warm rooms, to outside in the cold during my 15 min walk home, then back into a fairly warm room. Any suggestions here?
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Heather
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Pockets are bad places for condoms period.

If you want to have them with you, somewhere they're subjected to less temp, change and rustle and bustle, like inside a nice little zippy-bag just for your condoms in a backpack without other stuff in there, is a good idea.

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newtotherealworld
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By "coat pocket" I meant a zipped up section on the outside of a snowboarding style winter jacket. Insulated and surrounded by nylon material. The pocket is close to my wrist, so it doesn't come into much contact with body heat. I also have a special pocket in a zippy bag, but because of the lack of insulation in backpacks, I think it would be subjected to even greater temperature changes there. I was just wanting to know if it being moved from the cold canadian outdoors to hanging in my woodstove heated closet would impact its effectiveness at all, since I had previousely read in one of your articles that keeping it in a wallet or regular pocket would decrease effectiveness because of the heat.
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Gumdrop Girl
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drastic swings in temperature (like taking a condom in from the canada cold into a toasty warm room) can damage your condom.

It's best to keep condoms in a dry place, at a relatively steady temperature of 20C/70F, out of direct sunlight.

We recommend getting a box to put your stuff in (i keep mine in an index card file) and stashing it someplace safe.

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i also have a question on this,

i know that it does that with latex, but does it do the same to polyurethane?


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