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What Do You Do If The Condom Breaks?

Published: June 09, 2014
Dear What Do You Do If The Condom Breaks?,

What are you supposed to do if your condom breaks?


Dear What Do You Do If The Condom Breaks?,

It’s a good idea to know ahead of time what to do in the event a condom breaks during sex. Planned Parenthood and Young Men’s Health offer some information which we have presented below:

According to Planned Parenthood:

If the Condom Breaks …

Sometimes condoms break. If a condom breaks, it is less effective.

If the condom breaks during intercourse, pull out quickly and replace it. Men should be able to tell if a condom breaks during intercourse. To learn what it feels like, men can break condoms on purpose while masturbating.

If the condom breaks and semen leaks out, wash the semen away from the vulva or penis with soap and water.

If the condom breaks and semen leaks into the vagina, emergency contraception is a good option. Emergency contraception can prevent pregnancy if started up to five days after unprotected intercourse. The sooner you start it, the better it will work.

 

According to Young Men’s Health:

What if the condom breaks or tears?

First of all, don't panic - but do withdraw your penis immediately. If you partner isn't using another method of birth control such as the Pill, she should strongly consider taking Emergency Contraception to prevent pregnancy. If she can't get in touch with her health care provider, she can call the Emergency Contraception Hotline (1-888-NOT-2-LATE) or check online. If you think you might have been exposed to an STI, speak with your health care provider.

Other things to remember:

  • If the condom breaks but you want to continue having sexual intercourse, make sure that you use a new condom
  • Try to figure out why the condom broke so that it won't happen again

How often do condoms break?

Condoms hardly ever break if they're stored and used correctly. Proper use depends on the skill and experience of the person using them.

When condoms break, it's usually because:

  • Space for semen wasn't left at the tip of the condom
  • The condoms are out-of-date
  • The condoms have been exposed to heat or sunlight
  • The condoms have been torn by teeth or fingernails

Also, using oil-based (rather than water-based) lubricants weakens latex, causing condoms to break. So if you store and use condoms properly, it's very unlikely that your condom will break.

If you have any questions or concerns about birth control, safer sex, or what to do if you were in a situation and the condom broke, speak to your doctor. 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.

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