6 Questions Asked on Yahoo Answers About Condoms That Show Just How Clueless People Are

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Some 450 million condoms are sold nationwide every year. They are second only to the pill and female sterilization when it comes to the country's most popular forms of birth control. They are the only contraceptive Republican presidential contender and champion mansplainer Ted Cruz recognizes as necessary. And yet it seems that many people — Cruz included — may not fully understand condoms, as evidenced by a few simple queries posed to Yahoo Answers, below. 

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"Condoms are thin, stretchy pouches that you wear on your penis during sex," according to Planned Parenthood. "Condoms provide great protection from both pregnancy and STDs." 

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Yes, condoms do break — often because they've been put on incorrectly. Here's everything you need to know about condom snafus.

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Condoms do not break 99% of the time. Their "breakage rate," according to Planned Parenthood, is around 2% — 2 broken condoms for every 100.

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As evidenced by the above photo, colored condoms are still translucent — the penis will have a cast of the condom's color, but you'll still be able to see it in there.

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Condoms don't grow on trees — or on humans, or in the ground, or anywhere. They're made in factories, sold in drugstores, available at healthcare clinics like Planned Parenthood and legal to purchase even before age 18.

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Nope. A hole in a condom puts users at risk for sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy, but it wouldn't have been put there by the manufacturer. (Or, it shouldn't have been.) If there's a hole in the condom, throw it out — otherwise, it's a window through which STIs and/or unplanned pregnancies can crawl.

This is why the U.S. needs better sex ed programs.

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Claire Lampen

Claire is a staff writer at Mic who covers women's issues and reproductive rights. She is based in New York and can be reached at claire@mic.com.

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