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Condom Broke!

Help! The Condom Broke!

Practical Advice for both Men and Women in an Emergency

Condom breaks do not happen often. In fact, it most commonly only happens when couples do not follow the recommendations on proper condom use. At the end of this article is a list of steps you can take to minimize the risk of condom breakage. But what if the condom does break?

Do not panic

First of all do not panic. Take a deep breath and calm down. This way, you will be able to think the situation through and make sensible decisions.

Important tip for ladies: DO NOT douche immediately following a condom break. This can actually drive sperm and bacteria deeper into your vagina.

There are really just 3 things you need to think about:
1. Pregnancy
2. HIV
3. STDs

Pregnancy

Presumably since you were using a condom in the first place, there was no intention for pregnancy. Women are at risk of pregnancy even if the condom breaks before ejaculation.

The simplest thing is to see a Doctor and get morning after pills. These are most effective if taken within 48 hours.

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HIV

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If you can, have a calm discussion with your partner about his or her risk of HIV. This includes a history of intravenous drug use, multiple sexual partners, visits to prostitutes or men who have ever had sex with another man.

If your HIV risk is high please see us immediately for HIV PEP.

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Remember that a recent negative test for HIV does not guarantee that your partner does not have HIV as he or she might still be in the window period.

If the risk of HIV is not high, both of you should go for HIV testing at 1 month and again at 3 months after the event. Keep each other informed about your HIV test results if possible.

If the risk of HIV is high which means:
1. Your partner uses intravenous drugs
2. Your partner has multiple casual sexual partners
3. Your partner is a sex worker
4. Your partner visits sex workers
5. Your partner is a man who has had sex with another man
6. Your partner is known to have HIV

In the above situations, or if you are unable to determine the risk level, see your Doctor immediately for a discussion on HIV PEP. Women are at a higher risk than men to catch HIV especially if the condom broke after ejaculation.

STDs

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STDs are very contagious and the likelihood of either party catching an STD after the condom broke is high. Even if your partner tells you he or she is completely symptom free it does not mean you are not at risk of STDs. This is because men and women can both carry STDs and show no symptoms.

Both of you should see your Doctor and be screened for STDs. The following STDs should be tested for:
1. Syphilis
2. Hepatitis B
3. Gonorrhea
4. Chlamydia

Other STDs such as NSU, Hepatitis C, Herpes and HPV can also be screened for. Speak with your Doctor if you also need to test for these.

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Here are some Do’s and Don’ts to prevent Condom Breakage:

  • DO use water based lubricants such as KY jelly.
  • DO use proper sized condoms.
  • DO hold onto the condom when withdrawing.
  • DO store condoms in a cool dry place.
  • DO NOT reuse a condom.
  • DO NOT open the condom package with your teeth, keys or any sharp object.
  • DO NOT unroll the condom before putting it on.
  • DO NOT wear 2 condoms at once. Friction can cause breakage.
  • DO NOT use oil based lubricants such as Vaseline. This can weaken the latex.
  • DO NOT use expired condoms.

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277 Comments

  1. Hi Dr. Tan, how are you? I was wondering the chances of my girlfriend getting pregnant if i was using a condom and had not ejaculated yet, but the condom broke and i pulled out immediately?

    Thanks

    • I am fine. Thank you for asking. Condom broke = no condom. No ejaculation does reduce the risk but there can be sperm in the pre-ejaculate especially if you just ejaculated not long ago. So I would say she is definitely at risk of getting pregnant but not a high risk. If you are not prepared for this pregnancy, the easier and safer thing to do is to get her to take a morning after pill.

  2. me and my Boyfriend had sex so the condom blust first time so he did not enjagulate me.so the second time the condom blust again so he enjagulated me. so i will be pregnant????

    • Given the fact that the condom broke twice I would say logically of course there is a chance you can get pregnant. If it has been less than 5 days since this happened you might want to see your doctor about the morning after pill.

  3. I had sex with my girlfriend and shes on her period. It was a mistake, but we used condoms but the condom broke and I pulled out before I came. As i pulled out, i realized it broke. What should we do? How long do i wait to buy a pregnancy test? What should we do, please respond ASAP.

  4. My girlfriend were making love , & i ejaculated in her while she was on top what are the chances of her becoming pregnant?

    • I do not quite understand your question. Are you implying that the sexual position reduces her chance of getting pregnant? No it does not. She can get pregnant whatever the sexual position. And of course the risk is much higher when you ejaculate inside her.

  5. Dr Tan,

    How are you doing ? I don’t know if it ‘s good news for me , The girl that I had sex with has made a HIV Rapid test after 15 days , it ‘s negative ,,but now I have everyday stomach ache , and some muscle pain .. is that related to HIV ? Can some one catch HIV if a HIV girl made a fellatio for a man during 30 minutes ?

    Thanks a lot for your usual answer

  6. So I will have to wait until 3 months to test? what do you think if I test with a rapid Antibody test in 6 weeks ? they say most people get HIV positive during this period with Antibody test?

    Thanks for your prompt answer

  7. So I will have to wait until 3 months to test? what do you think if I test with a rapid test in 6 weeks ? they say most people get HIV positive during this period ?

    Thanks for your prompt answer

  8. Thanks a lot Dr. Tan for your prompt answer ..
    By the way I feel cold since 2 days and I got some muscle pain .. is that related to HIV infected ? in my country we have ELISA 3rd , 2nd Generation and Rapid test so I will take a test in one month? what is your advice ?

    Thanks

  9. Hello Dr Tan,
    Thanks a lot for your support by taking your precious time to answer to our questions.
    I had sex with a friend of mine 2 days ago, I ignore her HIV status. I am circumsized but the condom broke , I heard when the condom broke and I withdrew my penis immediately, I did not take more than 1 minute to get my penis outside.. I know that I am HIV negative when I asked her to go to a hospital for a test, she did not want and she told me she did the test recently she was negative. how high Is the risk of getting HIV from her?, When do I have to test to be sure that I don’t get HIV ? please advise..

  10. Hi Dr,
    I had sex with a circumsized guy but the condom broke and he had already come in me at the same time my period had just started he withdrew immediately,he then told me he had sex with another girl some weeks prior who was Hiv positive and apparently the condom had broken as well,how high Is the risk of me getting HIV?,please advise

  11. Hi Dr,

    thanks in advance, please reply;

    I had sex with a prostitute, condom broke while I was coming inside her [doggy style, vagina} the exposure time was NOT more than 7 seconds. I am circumsized, Am I at risk of STD/ HIV?
    this was first time occurrence. 5 days on NO symptoms.

    PLEASE reply. Thank you.

    • Dr Elaine Loh

      You will definitely need a full STD screen and HIV test in your situation. Exposure time is not relevant in assessing risk for STD so long as you had a risky sexual encounter. Of course being circumcised reduces your risk of STD/ HIV compared to uncircumcised males, but there is no way to be certain unless you do a STD screen.

  12. Hi Dr..
    If you have sex with a lady who has HIV positive, without a condom & you released in her vigina..but she did not release her own sperms..what is you faith of not having HIV….?

  13. sourcefull

    i have lipomas… is it serious??

  14. Hello doc.had sex with a prostitute using a condom which she provided and inserted in me without leavin any space.I didn’t ejaculate, but days after felt goin pain and testicular pain.6 weeks after felt feverish, fatigue, weight loss and low apetite nausea and vomiting.went to a clinic and diagnosed of staph aureus in my urinary tract.don’t know if staph aureus is an std and what,s my risk of hiv

  15. Hello doctor tan, a have a concern so me and my fiancee have used the morning after pill twice this year already and we had intercourse tonight and found out the condom had broke , what options do wehave since we dont want to be pregnant yet

    • Not much man. Use the morning after pill again. Studies show morning after pill is safe for use up to 6 times a month! That said, sounds like you guys are better off on regular contraception. There are a lot of benefits for her like less painful periods, lower risk of ovarian and endometrial cancer etc. Find out more about contraception here.

  16. Abdul kalik

    I had sex with my wife I didn’t know she was on her first or second day of her period
    She didn’t even know
    But while having sex some how some skin broke on my penis and there was blood on my penis I noticed in the morning am I at risk of HIV or aids please answer the anxiety is un bearable thank you

    • Do you think your wife has HIV? If not why are you worried? You can only catch HIV from someone who has HIV.

  17. Dear doctor,

    i had sex with a sex worker, she provided the condom the condom however seem do be in a aluminium foil packaging. the sort used for chewing gum. we had sex and the condom didnt break. should i be worried ?

  18. Hi Dr,

    I was having sex with a sex worker 2days ago and the condom went inside her before i ejaculated. She stopped and took off the condom with her fingers and cleaned herself with water. She says she dont have any disease. So, do i need to take up any test ? Please help !!!!

    • Hi Sam,

      You should definitely get yourself tested for common STDs. Additionally you may want to consider PEP. See a doctor todiccus what you should do and when you should test for the various STDs.

  19. Person

    I had sex with my boyfriend for the second time around 8-9 in the morning and we were in the middle of it. We pulled out and noticed the condom broke but he didn’t ejaculate yet. Later on that day I took a shower and noticed a small piece of condom was still in me. I freaked out and the next morning almost 24 hours later give it take an hour I took the morning after pill. I believe next choice. It’s been 4 days and I’m still paranoid that I might be pregnant. I won’t get my period for abother 2 weeks. Do you think I’m pregnant? I’m so scared….

    • The morning after pill is 99% effective if taken within 72 hours. Worrying too much now might even cause your next period to be late which would invariably freak you out. On that note, the morning after pill itself can delay your next period. I don’t think you need to be too concerned. 99% is a good number.

  20. samuel

    I have sex with a call girl when I am in alcohol.. I noticed that I have not used condom during my sex.. I am in very depressed state for my wrong doing. This is my first sex.Please confirm the probability of getting std and HIV to me. Feeling ashamed on me..

    • Well my friend, you had unprotected sex with a commercial sex worker. You are obviously at risk of HIV and all STDs. Look out for symptoms and see us if they occur. If not, see us at 1 month post exposure for a HIV and STD screen. Click here for more info.

  21. stockwell

    Its bbeen since dec 2014 till now and just founnd out he has it today

  22. stockwell

    I had sex with a maale and he had hepatitis c and i had rough sex with 3 other guys after him but the guys that has it did not cum in me whats the chance. i havve it is it curable and hee got it from needles and hes npt curcumcised should i get cheched and let the girl no who is sleeping with now no he has it he said he had notbing and his mom told us he dpes but o was ob std shot to kill chlaymydia and. wprried bout the girl and my self

    • I have some problems understanding your post. From what I can gather you had sex with someone who is infected with Hep C. The risk of contracting Hep C via sexual route is actually extremely low. As good as negligible. What you should do now is to see your doctor and get tested for Hep C and all other STDs including HIV. This is just to be safe. If you are diagnosed with any infections, you should inform all your sexual partners.

  23. Hello Dr Tan,

    I have had two possible exposures,Incident took place in Indonesia

    A) This was on the 26th May 7:00 AM,I went into someone’s vagina whose HIV Status is unknown (She claims she is negative) for 5 secs after that pulled out and I wiped off using a tissue

    B) After wearing a condom she climbed on top of me,when I eventually ejaculated and pulled out condom got stuck in her vagina,My semen splashed out on the bed after i pulled out and when she eventually removed the condom I saw that little bit of my semen was inside the condom.

    I went to the AFA clinic on Tuesday 27th May tested negative,I want your opinion on PEP? Chances of my risk.

    Thanks

  24. i was wondering if you could help me with a problem,so i was having sex with my girlfriend, the condom broke, and after it broke i ejaculated outside of the vagina, should she still take the morning after pill?

    • Hi Alex,

      There’s still a slim chance that you may have leaked pre-cum containing sperm into your girlfriend. It might be better for her to take the morning after pill to reduce the chances of accidental pregnancy.

  25. Hello,
    My boyfriend and I had sex last night with a new brand of thin condoms, the first time they were great. Shortly after we had a round two and the condom broke and he came inside me. We have no idea when the condom broke or anything but we are wondering what my chances of getting pregnant are. The condom had spermicide in it and since it was the second come of the night we are hoping there was less sperm in it. My last period was 11 days ago.

    • Honestly, I think you should get the morning after pill. Since your period was 11 days ago, you are just about going to ovulate if not have ovulated already. Although it was the second ejaculate after a short time, there is still significant amount of sperm in it. And really all it takes is 1 sperm. Spermicides also do not work all the time. All in all, there is certainly a chance you can get pregnant and taking a morning after pill now is a whole lot easier than going for an abortion later on.

  26. Hi Dr Tan,

    Firstly thank you very much for helping all people here who often did let’s call it mistakes.
    This is truly kind.

    Here is my story, I am 28, I was on a business trip in Singapore. Last thursday night, I went to a normal club and drink really too much. Not facing any inhibitions I asked the taxi driver to bring to Orchard towers I had heard about. (It was my first time in a peep show in my life)

    I remember entering the thing then I have a big black out… But still enough memory to be sure I haven’t done anything inside. Then I went out: From there this is the story from the girl, as me I can’t remember it…

    The girl found me in the street, I said her apparently I would never pay someone for sex.
    She came to my hotel and did it for free, we had unprotected intercourse (vagina), (Something I already never do in europe, and that I would never do with a prostitute, but I was just not in a normal state)

    When I waked up sober, I really started to stress. FYI: She is 30, she said me she was from a good thailand family and had a husband but that he dumped her and that she had to do that now. I had my plane soon after to europe, I took the PEP after 40 hrs.

    – I don’t know if she has VIH (weirdly I have her now on Facebook but she hasn’t replied yet)
    (I know I should have asked directly)

    – I don’t know a lot about the details, as I can’t barely remember anything.
    But no anal, I am almost sure.

    – Hopefully I took the PEP.

    Here is my question, considering I am taking the PEP what are my chances to get the VIH ?

    • Thank you for a well thought out question. In a nutshell, your chance of getting HIV is very low. You basically have 3 distinct risks, or what I like to call, 3 rolls of the dice. So imagine you are at a casino and you are playing for your life. You have 3 rolls of the dice in your hand. 1st roll: Does she have HIV or not. Let’s put it at 4% chance of her getting HIV. Which is just about right for a Thai freelance prostitute in Singapore. If you win this roll, you walk away. If you lose this roll, you get a second chance. 2nd roll: Since she has HIV, did you or did you not catch it from her? You had unprotected insertive vaginal sex. So this roll is anywhere between 1% and 0.1% chance of getting infected. Again, if you win, you walk away. If you lose means you have been infected by her. Now you have a 3rd and final roll of the dice. 3rd roll: Will the PEP clear the HIV virus from your system? This roll has a 80% to 90% chance of success. i.e. 9 out of 10 times, the PEP works and you are free of HIV. If you win, you walk away. If you lose, you are infected with HIV. This, my friend, is my 3 rolls of the dice theory in the Casino of Life and the game of HIV. Please share it with as many people as you wish.

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