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He Put the Condom Back on.

Published: July 31, 2012
Dear TeenHealthFX,
Last night my boyfriend and I were having sex and he went soft so he pulled out and I started to do oral because he took the condom off, but was still holding it in his hand. He came a little bit into the condom, but then he put it back on and kept going with me until he climaxed. He assures me nothing was on the outside of the condom and it was completely safe, but I want another opinion. We have both tested negative for HIV and STDs, so what I am worrying about is pregnancy.The condom did not break, I even checked after we had finished. Thanks!

Dear He Put the Condom Back on.,

Condoms can be very effective against pregnancy and Sexually Transmitted Diseases but it is so important that they are used correctly. Taking a condom off and putting it back on is never a good idea because it creates the possibility of fluid escaping which is one of the condom’s main functions. As long as seminal fluid did not come near the vaginal opening then there would not be a risk of pregnancy.

Here are some guidelines on condom usage that you should always follow:

  • Store condoms in a cool, dry place.
  • Keep condoms in their individual packaging until ready to be used.
  • Do not store condoms in your pocket, wallet, or glove compartment for long periods of time.
  • Do not use a condom that is past its expiration date.
  • Do not use your teeth or any kind of sharp object to open the condom wrapper because you might end up puncturing or tearing the condom.
  • Do not use the condom if you notice the pouch it’s in is punctured or torn.  
  • Do not use the same condom more than once.
  • Do not use two male condoms at the same time or a male and female condom together, as this could cause friction that could lead to breakage.
  • When putting on the condom leave some space at the top to collect the ejaculated semen. If you don’t it is almost like creating a balloon waiting to pop. The trick to this: pinch the tip of the condom between two fingers with one hand as you place it on the head of the penis and continue holding onto it as you roll the condom down over the shaft of the penis with the other hand.
  • Make sure you are using the right sized condoms. Most condoms are made to fit men who about 4-7 inches when erect. If the condoms you are using do not cover the entire shaft of the penis or your boyfriend feels like the condom is too snug, it is possible they are too small – and that could increase the potential for breaking. The size of the condom may not be the problem for you guys, so don’t automatically go to a bigger sized condom without really considering if this is a problem. Using condoms that are too big can be a problem, too, in terms of them sliding off too easily and therefore not offering sufficient protection.

 

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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