Fact or Fiction? 12 Sex Questions Answered

Do people still get syphilis? Can a penis really break? Find out what's fact and what's fiction! (19 Photos)

Gina Colonette on Jan 25, 2013 at 6:09PM

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Fact or Fiction? 12 Sex Questions Answered

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Fiction: Even a Big Tear Can Go Unnoticed

There are plenty of reasons why condoms break: “One common reason is not enough lubrication,” Dr. Raj says. “That can tear the condom and create little holes that you can’t feel.” Oil-based lubricants degrade rubber and shouldn’t be used with latex condoms -- pick water-based instead. It’s not just the little breaks you have to worry about, an obvious break may go unnoticed too, Raj says. An expired condom, or one stored improperly (read: in your wallet!), can both be reasons for an unwanted tear. Protect yourself by keeping your condoms in a cool, dry place because heat, air and light exposure increase the risk of a condom breaking.

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