These condoms may not be able to handle you. But sorry, it has nothing to do with you. Apparently, as Health Canada has indicated, certain Durex condoms may not pass “burst pressure” tests after sitting on the shelf for some time.
As a result, RB Health (Canada) Inc. is voluntarily recalling the following specific batches of its Durex Real Feel condoms:
- Durex Real Feel® Extra Lubricated 10ct condoms (UPC 0 67981 98715 7) Batch Number: 1000443254
- Durex Real Feel® 20ct condoms (UPC 0 67981 97177 4) Batch Number: 1000356816:
Durex is saying “please return all unused” condoms with these batch numbers to the company by calling 1-800-320-9738 to get instructions. Notice that the website specified unused condoms, so don’t go putting used condoms in the mail.
According to Health Canada, which is essentially the Canadian government’s department of public health, the concerns cover condoms manufactured in 2017. So you may want to check your bathroom cabinet, your desk drawer, your clown suit, your cookie jar, or wherever you keep those “just-in-case” condoms for which the “case” has not yet occurred. It’s good to be prepared but as with emergency flashlights, spare tires, and back-up batteries, you should always make sure that your supplies remain in adequate condition.
In general, take the following 10 precautions before using a condom:
- Make sure that it is a condom. Balloons, balloon animals, plastic wrap, and sandwich bags are not adequate substitutes.
- Make sure that the condom is its original wrapping. A condom is not a basketball.
- Only use condoms from legitimate condom makers that use the appropriate materials. Latex, polyurethane, polyisoprene, nitrile, or lambskin are options as materials. Not fur or quinoa.
- Check the expiration data. A vintage wine may be great to use, but not a vintage condom. Toss it if it is past the expiration date. If you are not sure of the expiration date, get rid of the condom, otherwise you may have a surprise 9 months later or sooner of it is a sexually transmitted infection.
- Don’t store condoms where they be scrunched or bent. This includes your back pocket or your wallet.
- Don’t store condoms where they may get hot or wet. You may not necessarily think about your glove compartment as hot and wet, depending what you are into, of course. But a glove compartment can experience drastic changes in temperature and humidity.
- Don’t freeze your condoms. Because this makes no sense.
- Make sure that the wrapper is intact and not punctured. Before opening the wrapping, inspect it for holes and try squeezing it. If you don’t feel a resistant pocket of air or it makes a farting or whistling noise, that may be a sign of an air leak and a hole.
- Once you remove the condom from its wrapper, make sure that it feels right. The condom should be appropriately flexible and lubricated. The condom is not what’s supposed to be stiff.
- Check for any defects in the condom. A condom should not have ventilation holes.
While this Durex recall focuses on Canada, it is a reminder that a condom is not just like a hat. Always double-check what you are wearing before you wear it.