Condom breaks do occur, and when they do it can cause a lot of anxiety. What should you do if the condom breaks? Follow these recommendations.
- Remain calm...take a breath and relax. That will make it easier for you to make ration decisions.
- If the condom breaks while you're having sex and before ejaculation, immediately stop, pull out and apply a new condom.
- If ejaculation has occurred, pull out carefully.
- Shower or wash your genital area thouroughly with soap and warm water.
- Have a discussion with your partner. Talk about how careful each of you have been in the past. Talk about possible HIV risk factors such as a history of IV drug use, unsafe sex practices, having sex with prostitutes, etc.
- Even if both you and your partner believe you have been safe in the past, get tested for HIV. Repeat that test at 6 weeks, 3 months and 6 months to allow time for the body to produce HIV antibodies if infection has occured.
- Be alert for possible signs of sexually transmitted diseases or HIV such as a rash, swollen glands, fever, flu-like symptoms, pain or discharge from the penis or vagina. If you have any of these signs, see your doctor.
- Important Point! - Never douche after a condom breaks...this can force infectious microbes deeper in the vagina and also causes membrane irritation, increasing the risk of disease transmission.
- Important Point! - Never use contraceptive foams such as nonoxynol-9. This can irritate mucous membranes increasing the risk of infection.
To prevent the liklihood of a condom breaking:
- Never wear two condoms at once. The friction can weaken the condom.
- Never use oil based lubricants such as vaseline. Again this can weaken the condom.
- Use lots of water based lubricant to decrease friction that may weaken the condom.
- Make certain you are using proper sized condoms. There are larger and smaller sizes available for those who need them.
- Never reuse a condom.