Do condoms expire?

Do condoms expire?

Yes, condoms expire, but the expiration date is not the only factor determining whether a condom is in a "usable condition."

Keep reading to learn more.

Why do condoms expire?

Condoms have an expiration date because the material and the lubrication are perishable.

The expiration date is to ensure the highest level of quality for their effectiveness.

It may be possible that an expired condom may still be suitable for use.

However, it's always better to err on the side of caution.

The date on the packaging is a simple indicator telling you: "hey, this thing is expired, and you better buy a new pack when you get a chance!"

"it's always better to use some condom than none at all."

Remember, even condoms that are not expired might not be "good" for use.

The way you store your prophylactics throughout their lifetime is a factor that determines contributes to their longevity.

That's why, even if you use a condom that is within the given expiration date, it may not be in a usable condition.

If you store them improperly, the condom lubrication may spoil.

There are other risks you might face when using an old and/or spoiled condom.

If the condoms are not in their top condition, they can break more easily and not protect you against common STDs and unintended pregnancy.

When do condoms expire?

On average, users put a box of 12 latex condoms into action within two years. Their shelf life, however, is much longer.

The condom expiration date, on average, is anywhere between 3-5 years.

That is, of course, under the ideal storing conditions.

The average condom expiration date depends on the type of lubrication and material.

Natural Rubber Latex

Up to 5 year

Natural Rubber Latex (lubricated with spermicide)

Up to 3 year

Polyisoprene (non-latex)

Up to 4 year

Polyurethane (non-latex)

Up to 4 year


Up to 3 year

*Specific product expiration dates may vary. Expiration date is based on recommended storage. 

As an example, the shelf life of condoms with spermicide is slightly shorter than the rest.

The condom wrapper includes the expiration date, and the manufacturer also prints it on the retail box.

On the retail box

The expiration date on the retail box typically resides on the bottom, along with other product identification numbers. This information is visible enough so you won't miss it.

Some brands put the year and month while others even add the particular expiration day.

Condom Expiration Date - Retail Box

On the wrapper

The backside of the condom wrapper shows the shelf life. This text is usually more prominent than the fine print with all the manufacturer's information.

Condom Expiration Date - Wrapper

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Can I use an expired condom?

We advise you NOT to use expired condoms. However, there may be a time when it is your only option.

Is it ideal? Of course not.

So why would you ever use a condom that's slightly past its date?

If you have no other condom, it's always better to use some condom than none at all.

Always use your best judgment.

How can I tell when a condom was made?

There is no specific way for you, the customer, to tell when a condom was made.

From the manufacturer's perspective, every product has its identification number or code assigned to a specific batch of products, referred to as a LOT number.

To wrap it up

Now that we've given you the low-down on condom expiration, it's your turn.

Keep an eye on those expiration dates and make sure you  always have "fresh" supplies on hand so you can hump responsibly.

Last updated on November 13, 2020.