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    1. What is the shelf life of Durex condoms?

      Durex condoms generally have a shelf life of five years. The expiry date is shown on both the outer cardboard carton and on every individual condom foil.

    2. Can Durex condoms be used in water or in the bath?

      We recommended that more attention is paid while making love in water, including swimming pools and the sea, as there may be an increased risk of the condom slipping.

      In addition, oil-based lubricants can damage latex, so it is advisable if having sex in the shower or bath that oil-based products such as soaps and shower gels are not used.

    3. Which Durex condoms are suitable for oral sex?

      All our condoms may be used during oral sex although clients may prefer our Select Flavours fruit flavoured condoms, available in four taste-tested flavours of strawberry, banana, orange and apple.

      Note: Teeth and jewellery may make tiny holes in a condom during oral sex, so we would always advise using a new condom when moving from oral to penetrative sex.

    4. How does Durex Performa delay climax?

      Durex Performa contain a special benzocaine lubricant that helps to make sex last longer by preventing the urge to climax too soon.

      The anaesthetic effect of the benzocaine in Performa varies in duration from individual to individual but studies have reported that the effect on average lasts about 20 minutes. (This time period should only be used as a guideline.)

    5. How effective are condoms as a form of contraception?

      Clinical trials have shown that the correct and consistent use of latex condoms results in contraceptive efficacy rates of 95 to 98 percent.

    6. What can affect the efficacy of condoms?

      Inevitably the effectiveness of condoms depends upon correct usage. Factors known to contribute to breakage and slippage rates include:

      • User familiarity and knowledge,
      • Condom misuse, for example damage by sharp fingernails or jewellery
      • Lack of use of additional lubricant or use of unsuitable lubricant
      • Poor application technique
      • Improper storage

      Durex is committed to educating consumers to counteract these issues, both through providing detailed information on in-pack leaflets and our websites, and by working on educational initiatives with healthcare professionals, educators and charities across the globe.

    7. Who owns Durex?

      The Durex brand is currently owned by Reckitt Benckiser, following their purchase of previous owners SSL International plc.

    8. Do lubricants cause irritation?

      Durex lubricants and massage products should not cause irritation wherever applied. If irritation should occur, please ask your client to stop using the lubricant and to consult you to rule out other medical problems, or refer them to their GP.

      Contact with the eyes should be avoided.

    9. How effective are condoms as a barrier against STIs?

      High quality latex condoms, when used consistently and correctly, provide an effective barrier against HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.

    10. Where does the Durex name come from?

      The Durex name, which was first registered in 1929, was composed from the product's core qualities of durability, reliability and excellence.


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