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Condom Manufacturing and Country of Origin [May. 17th, 2010|06:29 pm]
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So years ago, probably back when I was in High-School or something, I remember being told that because of manufacturing standards and regulations, it was best to buy condoms made in the US and Japan, but condoms from elsewhere were circumspect. This advice seem sound with the number of sketchy products coming out of China these days (Toys with lead paint, drywall that smells like rotten eggs, plastics with extra doses of carcinogens...), but is it something that one should actually look for?

~4 years ago I was dating someone who preferred Durex condoms exclusively (previously I had no sort of brand loyalty, though would default to Trojan when my partner had no sort of input.) and I think I remember the box I picked up at the time saying "Made in the USA." However, the current boxes I have were made in India and Thailand. The random condom assortment pack I have from Good Vibes includes condoms made in China, Thailand, Malaysia, and then, finally Japan.

Is this something other people worry about? Is this something y'all have never thought about? Condoms have been my primary form of birth control for the past 4 years (one of my partners in there was someone who had received a vasectomy), so making sure that I'm not getting sub-par condoms is quite important to me (as I'm sure it is to many other people as well). Is the advice I received 10 years ago out-of-date as the global community and manufacturing & distribution network have changed in that time? What policies do you have for your condom purchasing?


[User Picture]From: singingdragon
2010-05-17 11:03 pm (UTC)
Huh. I've never heard that advice before.

I would think that a proper fit, proper storage, enough lube, etc. are at least as important as where it's manufactured, though. A lot more condom failure is due to user error than faulty product.
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[User Picture]From: minkrose
2010-05-18 02:56 am (UTC)
I haven't the faintest. Aside from being on birth control, I haven't added a new serious sex partner in over four years and haven't thought about condoms in quite some time.

I wonder where you could find out more. Maybe Planned parenthood or your GYN might have recommendations? If nothing else, they might know where to look/ask.
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[User Picture]From: crazybone
2010-05-18 04:04 am (UTC)
I've heard that the polyurethane have a higher breakage/slippage rate than latex. This seems to prove that but, I acknowledge it's only a single data point. The selling point for the non-latex ones being that you can feel more. Haven't tried them so can't say. I've been happy with latex and pretty brand neutral with one exception so far. Using Lifestyles I could barely feel a dang thing. I do not recommend at all, unless you want to use them as overpriced water balloons or finger puppets or something.
I can't attest to country of origin as I've never thought to check.
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[User Picture]From: tashari
2010-05-18 01:35 pm (UTC)
While this many not actually be a helpful response, whenever I think about Chinese condoms (which isn't often) I think of this live reading by Douglas Adams (don't forget to continue with part 2).

Being on the pill, condoms have always been my secondary form of birth control, and I don't remember ever hearing that one brand/country was better than another.
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[User Picture]From: drwex
2010-05-18 09:14 pm (UTC)

Back when I used them regularly

I found that condoms made in Japan were quite reliable and much thinner than American brands. I did not test other countries' product since I was going for the maximum sensation possible within safety and the japanese brands did that for me.
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