If you took sexual education in high school, you may have been taught that condoms have tiny holes in them – making them an unreliable method of birth control. Is this true though? Could using condoms as a method of contraception actually cause you to get pregnant because of these tiny holes that they supposedly have in them? Here’s what you should know about the myth of there being holes in condoms.
Are There Small Holes in Condoms?
According to the University of California, San Francisco, the idea of there being tiny holes in condoms has been deliberately spread by religious groups which promote abstinence. It has been used as a scare tactic to prevent adolescents from having sexual intercourse. Rather than straight out telling them that they should not have sex, they use this method to convince them pregnancy can still occur even if you use contraception.
When condoms are manufactured, they are placed on metal rods and tested to ensure that an electrical charge will not pass through them, also according to the University of California. Condoms which allow an electrical charge to pass through them are discarded. This general quality standard is used to manufacture condoms by both companies in the United States and Japan.
If you notice any tiny holes in your condom, it is important to consider why they are there. There have been some situations in which women have been known to poke holes in condoms to trap their partners into getting pregnant. When the condom has holes immediately upon opening, however, it is important to look at the expiration date or packaging. If the date has not expired and the packaging does not appear to be tampered with, the best thing that you can do is complain to the company.
Condoms Can Break Though, Right?
While there are not tiny holes in condoms, there is a possibility that condoms may be break. To read about some of the common reasons why condoms break, be sure to visit this article. However, condoms breaking have absolutely nothing to do with the tiny holes which are rumored to be in them.
Though there is a chance that condoms may break, they do not have tiny holes in them. This is nothing more than a myth. Not only are condoms a very effective method of preventing pregnancy, but it is essential to use them as a barrier against sexually transmitted diseases and infections (STDs and STIs).
University of California, San Francisco, “Do condoms have little holes?”