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Horror story: What to do when a condom breaks

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You just had an amazing night of dinner and drinking. You and your partner decide that it鈥檚 time for a little fun in the bedroom. You get some action and everything is awesome as usual but you notice something unusual mid-shag. It鈥檚 one of the scariest things that can happen to a regular guy who鈥檚 just having fun: You realize that your condom broke.

Okay, this is something bad but it鈥檚 not the worst thing in the world. Condom breakage and slippage probably happens more often than you think. While perfect condom use can help prevent pregnancy by a much as 98% wrong condom usage can lead to loads of problems.



Prevention is better than cure

First, let鈥檚 talk about prevention. Getting the right condom is the best way to prevent it from breaking while you鈥檙e in the middle of all the action.

Do you even realize just how many different sizes, kinds, and flavors of condom are out there? Just as you are picky with your craft beer, you should be picky with your condoms, too. Don鈥檛 settle for the first one you see when you walk in the drug store. And please don鈥檛 pick the biggest size just to boost your ego. Finding the right size won鈥檛 just make the sex safer, it will also make it so much better.

Dotted, ribbed, ridged, 鈥渋nvisible鈥… in this day and age, manufacturers come up with so many ideas on how to make condoms interesting and it will be such a shame if you don鈥檛 give them a try. Exploring and experimenting can help minimize accidents in the bedroom!


It鈥檚 also important to know how to handle condoms properly to keep them intact. Don鈥檛 use your teeth to open them. Don鈥檛 use petroleum jelly or other oil-based lubricants. Don鈥檛 use expired condoms. And it鈥檚 probably not a good idea to keep condoms in your wallet because they will deteriorate in quality.

But to be perfectly honest, accidents can鈥檛 be avoided 100%. You might be acting as responsible as you can but something unexpected can still happen. Not a lot of condoms break and it鈥檚 still a reliable way to prevent more than twenty-one years of headache. But it鈥檚 still very important to know what to do on those nights when accidents happen.

Don鈥檛 panic, bro. Here鈥檚 a step-by-step guide that can save you from your condom horror story. Here鈥檚 what you should do in case you condom breaks.




Find the broken piece

If you noticed the condom break while you鈥檙e in the middle of the action, then you鈥檙e in luck. Most guys don鈥檛 even notice it when it happens. Don鈥檛 panic but take the situation seriously. Knowing what to do can help prevent pregnancy, STI鈥檚, and other problems.

So, here鈥檚 what you have to do.

First things first. You have to make sure that there is no broken piece stuck inside. To be perfectly clear, no part of the condom, no matter how small, should remain inside the vagina. Even a tiny, tiny piece can cause an irritation. There is really no other way to do it. Check the condoms for missing parts. If it looks incomplete, just gently stick your finger in her vagina and pull it out. Using a lube can make things a lot easier and a lot more comfortable. If you really can鈥檛 find the missing piece, you might want to visit the clinic to make sure that everything is okay.




Get your hands on emergency contraception

The next step is to just calm yourself down and make your partner does not get pregnant if it鈥檚 not your plan. Even if you think you didn鈥檛 actually ejaculalte inside her, it鈥檚 still a good idea to take the extra step that will help prevent this from happening.

The 鈥渕orning after鈥 pill helps prevent unwanted pregnancy but it needs to be taken the right way. It鈥檚 specifically developed for emergencies just like what happened to you. Since it contains a higher dose of hormones, it should not be taken regularly like normal birth control pills.

There are many different kinds of pills that your partner can take but keep in mind that this needs to be done within the next 72 hours. They are affordable and easy to get in pharmacies and groceries. If your partner prefers, she can also get an IUD instead. It is best to consult a medical professional on how to handle the situation.




Prevent STD

Pregnancy is not the only thing that you should be concerned about. It can be awkward and nerve wracking but you should go visit a doctor and try to get a Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) in case you are unsure about your partner鈥檚 status. It鈥檚 an antiretroviral treatment that helps prevent HIV in case of possible exposure. You must also try to get it within 72 hours. The sooner you get it, the better. Also try and get tested for STI a week after the incident and get one again six months later to make sure that you are safe.



Learn more about your condom options

You don鈥檛 really have to do this but sitting down and analyzing what went wrong can help prevent a similar incident from happening in the future. Try to figure it out. Did you use a 聽small condom? Was it expired? Did you put it on in the wrong way?

Condom accidents can really happen to anyone! Don鈥檛 beat yourself up and just make better decisions next time. Check out what are your options and find out what condoms works best for you. It might also be good to have a plan B pill prepared that you can easily offer your partner in case something goes wrong. Have fun and good luck!



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