How to Properly Store Birth Control and Condoms

Often times, professionals prescribing birth control or handing out condoms rarely inform the recipient of how to store their contraceptives. Stowing your birth control or condoms incorrectly can lead to a rather large issue ineffectiveness. Yikes!

Condoms - Many men, young and old, store condoms in their wallet. This is okay for the short-term. Keeping condoms in your wallet for long periods of time can cause the condom to rip or develop tiny holes. It's also important to remember that condoms expire and shouldn't be kept in hot conditions. It is suggested to keep them in a cool, dark and dry place.

The Ring - This form of contraception must be kept under 85 degrees Fahrenheit at all times. Keeping NuvaRing in your purse is a big no-no. You will notice that the pharmacist will pull your prescription from a refrigerator when you arrive to pick it up. However, it is not necessary for you to keep it in the refrigerator.

The Pill - First rule of stowing birth control pills: Keep them away from moisture and excess heat. Therefore, you should never keep your birth control pills in the bathroom. Other than that very important rule, you should keep it sealed in the packaging until you are ready to take them.

The Patch - Ortho Evra and similar patches should be kept at 77 degrees Fahrenheit most of the time. Short periods of cooler or warmer temperature should be fine. And because it should be kept in a dark and dry place, the bathroom is out of the question for this one as well.