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I may be recalling incorrectly here, but I seem to remember having read here that when external condoms break, they tear in obvious ways. I don't use condoms, but I was discussing them with a Planned Parenthood sex educator and she told me the reason one isn't supposed to keep condoms too warm or too cold is that doing so encourages micro tears in condoms.

I think Planned Parenthood is a pretty reliable resource, but so is Scarleteen. Could you point me towards your sources or correct my memory?

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We're both right [Smile] What happpens when condoms are exposed to extreme temperatures is that they may be more likely to break. However, that still means that if they break, they break. There are not going to be small holes that you may miss. If a condom develops a tear, it will break, and that will be noticeable to you.

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