How do you know if your condom broke? I’ve been reading about this in the May 2009 issue of Contraception. Yes, unfortunately, exploded pieces laying around in the bed after sex, that’s a pretty good sign. So yes, most often, not a trick question at all. But scientific researchers with their headlamps, their magnifying scopes, and their swabs have a whole different take on the question. So what do they test for? PSA. Prostate-specific antigen. It only occurs in men. If found in the vagina after sex protected by a condom, you guessed right: LEAKAGE! Now with the female condom, slippage, invaginating (sort of folding inward), or the penis just going around it, breaking is not the only calamity! And a bit of PSA, perhaps if it doesn’t lead to pregnancy, is it so bad? Well, a group of experts meeting in Arlington, Virgina last summer have been struggling with this concept! And I think they’ve come up with some good sounding solutions. For instance, they’d like each patient to try at least 5 condoms of each type and compare. There’s a few clarifications I’d like to have though once I buy their tested condoms. For example. They are wanting a record of “number of times of misdirection” when using the female condom. I’m wondering, do these tester guys not learn anything, or do they just think it’s plain funny? I'm pondering my recommendations. Here it is: Belt and suspenders: Pills and Condoms.


  1. 1)Shouldn't misdirection really only be a concern if your're having sex with David Blaine or Criss Angel?

    2)"Invagination?" Seriously? That sounds like a what a creative male teenager does alone in his room. "Folding" hmm, does it ever come out as a crane? Origyni?

  2. If the crane would make more women use condoms, then I'm totally into it! We will all have to look carefully for this new version of Rorschach!


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