What's the best thing to do if the condom breaks during sex? – Meagan*
Many times, a couple won't notice that a condom
broke until after sex. But if you know that the condom has broken during sex, stop
right away and use a new condom.
If the condom breaks:
If you're concerned about pregnancy, call your doctor,
, or health clinic right away to ask about emergency
contraception. Teens who are over 15 can buy emergency contraception pills
(morning-after pills) over the counter at a drugstore.
To find out who
can provide or prescribe ECPs in your area, visit the The
Association of Reproductive Health Professionals website. Emergency contraception
is most effective when taken as soon as possible after intercourse, but can be taken
up to 5 days after unprotected sex.
It's a good idea for you and your partner to be
tested for STDs. People are often unaware that they have an STD. But if an infection
isn't treated, it could cause serious problems.
To prevent condoms from breaking, keep them away from heat and light, don't carry
them in a wallet, don't
open them with anything sharp (like scissors or teeth), and avoid using oils
or lotions on them. The material used to make condoms can weaken over time, so check
the expiration date and don't use one that has expired.