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Can I ever re-use a condom?

Condoms should not be re-used.  (Even with the same sexual partner, even on the same day.)

If you were to use a condom, wash it and re-use it, it would not be as effective as a new condom fresh out of the package. Even washing it thoroughly won’t remove the risk of STI’s to you or your partner(s).

There is a right way to use an external condom or an internal condom, and missing an important aspect of correct use can lead to increased risk of sexually transmitted infections or unplanned pregnancy.

Because both types of condoms should never be re-used it’s usually a good idea to keep plenty around.  There are many places in Manitoba where you can get free condoms.  Plus feel free to read the other condom questions we’ve answered!