A condom fail is a situation no one wants to be in. If you’re using a condom, then you’re trying to avoid a pregnancy or an STI. Either way, a condom break always feels like a very bad situation. However, the most important thing is to calm down and avoid panic. You are not alone. Condoms have failed before.
What Do I Do?
Breathe. A condom break will get you and your partner agitated. But, you need a clear head to reassess the situation. If you feel the condom break while having sex, stop immediately. If not, the next few questions are important.
Did breakage happen before or after ejaculation? If it happened before ejaculation, you might as well tear up a new one and continue with your business. Of course, if you can not, you don’t have to. If breakage happened after ejaculation, then you need to take other steps. We will discuss this soon.
Where is the condom? Still on you? Still in your partner? Get it out. What is the risk of pregnancy? How about STIs? Even with no condom breakage, condoms do not protect 100% against either pregnancy or STIs. There is always a possibility.
The Use Of Emergency Contraceptive Pills After A Condom Break
When a condom breakage happens, the next thing on your mind should be getting an emergency pill. Before this, go to the toilet and try to bear down. While you’re seated over the toilet, push down with your vaginal muscles. This can help push out any lingering ejaculate. Try to pee too. This can help remove anything outside of the vagina.
An emergency contraceptive pill is most effective when used within 1 day of unprotected sexual intercourse. It can be used for up to 5 days but it’s best to get it as soon as possible. You can get one at any local pharmacy near you.
If you are scared about the risk of HIV infection, read up our article on Post Exposure Prophylaxis to learn how you can protect yourself. Time is of the essence as you need to get this done within 72 hours after sex.
For other STIs, try to get tested within 2 weeks of exposure. Early detection equals early treatment and a better outcome.
The last thing is to learn how to avoid future breakages. We will discuss this in another article.