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Reused The Condom - Could I Be Pregnant?

Published: August 06, 2012
Dear Reused The Condom - Could I Be Pregnant?,

Dear TeemHealthFX, A few weeks ago, my boyfriend and I were having sex and it started to hurt me, so we took the condom off and I started giving him oral instead. After a few minitues he put the condom back on and we had sex again until he climaxed. He assures me that he was holding the condom in a way that nothing came out and the sperm from preejaculation was still at the top. I am still kind of nervous as to what the likelyhood is that I am pregnant. I know we are not supposed to reuse condoms, but I want a seccond opoinion on what to do, and what I need to do if I am pregnant. Signed: Recycled Condoms


Dear Reused The Condom - Could I Be Pregnant?,

TeenHealthFX cannot know the exact likelihood that you are or aren’t pregnant. All we can tell you is the follwing:

  • There is a greater possibility of pregnancy occurring, as well as STD transmission, when condoms are reused
  • 18 out of 100 women will get pregnant each year when condoms are not always used correctly

FX recommends the following:

  • Speak to your primary care physician, gynecologist, or an adolescent medicine specialist right away so you can get some guidance about whether taking emergency birth control or doing any kind STD testing would be recommended.
  • Read Planned Parenthood’s information on the pregnancy test in terms of when you should take it and what to do depending on the results of the test.
  • You and your boyfriend read FX’s info on condoms and Planned Parenthood’s information on condoms so you are both educated on how to use them so they are the most effective.  
  • Speak to your PCP, gynecologist, or adolescent medicine specialist about whether or not you should be taking a back-up method of birth control such as the pill, patch or birth control shot.
  • Do not reuse condoms in the future. Make sure you have extra in case you are in a similar situation again.

 

If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-5199 for an appointment with an adolescent medicine specialist or contact your local teen health center or Planned Parenthood. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.

If you need to find a free pregnancy testing center, you can also call the American Pregnancy Helpline at 1-866-942-6466.

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