What if the Condom Breaks?enteenshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/T-expertAnswersRev-enHD-AR1.jpgFind out what the experts have to say.birth control, contraception, contraceptive, rubber, glove, sock, cover, latex, trojan, lifestyle, spermicide, std, break, pop, malfunction, sex, intercourse, protection, broke, during sex, morning after pill, emergency contraception, ella, plan B, morning after06/27/200710/22/201810/22/2018Amy W. Anzilotti, MD10/15/2018a682b402-2d5e-4504-ac96-35151393db1ahttps://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/breakage.html/<p><em>What's the best thing to do if the condom breaks during sex?<br /> </em>– <em>Meagan*</em></p> <p>Many times, a couple won't notice that a <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/contraception-condom.html/">condom</a> broke until after sex. But if you know that the condom has broken during sex, stop right away and use a new condom.</p> <p>If the condom breaks:</p> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li>If you're concerned about pregnancy, call your doctor, nurse practitioner , or health clinic right away to ask about <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/contraception-emergency.html/">emergency contraception</a>. Teens who are over 15 can buy <span>emergency contraception pills</span> (morning-after pills) over the counter at a drugstore.<br /> <br /> To find out who can provide or prescribe ECPs in your area, visit the <a href="http://www.not-2-late.com">The Association of Reproductive Health Professionals</a> 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.</li> <li>It's a good idea for you and your partner to <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/std-testing.html/">be tested for STDs</a>. People are often unaware that they have an STD. But if an infection isn't treated, it could cause serious problems.</li> </ul> <p>To prevent condoms from breaking, keep them away from heat and light, don't carry them in a <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/storing-condoms.html/">wallet</a>, don't open them with anything sharp (like scissors or teeth),&nbsp;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 <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/condom-check.html/">expired</a>.</p> <p><em>*Names have been changed to protect user privacy.</em></p>
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