Q: A Condom Broke, What Do I Do?

Q: A Condom Broke, What Do I Do? Me and my girl had sex for the third time about an hour ago. I used a condom and I did not ejaculate in it. The condom broke and I pulled out immediately after that. I’m just a little worried about precum and if any went through.  Should I be worried like I am? Is it normal?

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A: Of course being worried is normal, but if you take all of the necessary precautions to practicing safe sex, you can take the worry out of something you should really enjoy.

The chances that your partner could become pregnant from precum is slim, although there is a chance. Emergency contraceptive, like Plan B, can be taken 72 hours after an accident, and can be found at your local pharmacy. If you are very worried, I would suggest doing this as soon as possible.

What is Plan B and Plan B One-Step?

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Both Plan B and Plan B One-Step are types of emergency contraception. Both contain the progestin levonorgestrel, a naturally occurring hormone. This is different from other forms of emergency contraception which can contain both progestin and estrogen and have an increased likelihood of causing nausea.

Plan B can be taken up to five days after having unprotected sex whereas Plan B One-Step should be taken within four days. However, with both pills, the earlier you take it, the more effective it is.

 

Wearing the Right Condom Size?

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Fortunately, Condom Depot offers a variety of condom sizes and shapes, and continually adds more options. Currently, there are four general condom categories:

• Small condoms are typically 48 mm (1.9″) in width and 160mm (6.3″) in length

• Regular or standard size condoms are usually 52 mm (2.0″) wide and 7.9″ (195mm) in length

• Large condoms are typically 54 mm (2.1″) in width and 7.9″ (200mm) in length

• Extra-Large condoms are typically 58 mm (2.3″) in width and 205mm ( 8.1″) in length

 

What Causes Condoms to Break?

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Also, the condom may have broke because it was dry, which increases the risk of the condom breaking. We suggest using a water or silicone based lubricant on the outside of the condom to prevent this from happening. Plus, it will make it more comfortable for you and your partner. 

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