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is it true that lifestyles condoms break more often than other brands?
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Here are the most recent set of consumer reports condom ratings for some brands. That report appears to indicate that as of late, the reliability of Lifestyles isn't the very best, but is still good.

The reason most condoms break isn't so much about brands, but about how they're used. Even the best condom out there can break if additional lubricant isn't used as needed, if room isn't left in the tip, if it's not stored properly or used after the expiry date.

Just from a personal perspective? In 20 years of very actively using an awful lot of condoms for a lot of different activities -- usually Durex, Inspiral, Kimono and beyodnd Seven -- but using them correctly and always with extra lube? I've never had a single one break. I've had a couple slips happen with partners using a condom that wasn't snug enough, but never a single break. And that's not an unusual stroke of luck on my part, really. Most of the time when people here report condom breaks and we ask if extra lube was used, the answer is no, it was not.

We're big fans of Durex here, as the most widespread brands go, but for the most part, just using good condoms correctly is going to keep breaks from happening.

[This message has been edited by Miz Scarlet (edited 12-18-2005).]

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Miz Scarlet--

I checked out the website you linked here, showing ratings for condoms. Why would condoms have lubricant that NUMBS?!

Doesn't sound like a good time to me...

"It's something
but in the end is right
i hope you had the
time of your life"

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Numbing lubricant is to desensitize, obviously. It's for couples who want to prolong intercourse--though I'm pretty sure I wouldn't want to be doing something that's supposed to feel good if I can't feel it, to each his own.
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