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The condom broke. What can I do, and what are the chances of pregnancy?

It’s difficult to say for sure what the chances are because the possibility of pregnancy differs for each situation. There are a couple of things to know, though. Ovulation must have happened in order for an egg to be fertilized by sperm. If the condom broke after your partner ejaculated, there’s a greater chance of pregnancy than if it broke before ejaculation.

If partners are having vaginal or anal sex and the condom breaks or slips off inside the vagina or anus before the guy ejaculates, they should stop having sex immediately. If they want to start having sex again right after this happens, they should put on a new condom before they continue.

If a condom breaks or slips off, the female partner can still use emergency contraception (EC) within five days to avoid a pregnancy. Learn more about how EC works. To find a provider, go to The Emergency Contraception website or Backupyourbirthcontrol.org. People of any age can now buy Plan B One-Step without a prescription over the counter at a local pharmacy. However, Plan B One-Step emergency contraception is not effective at preventing pregnancy in people over 176 pounds. If you weigh over 176 pounds and need emergency contraception, you should speak to a health care provider about possibly using another emergency contraceptive pill or a copper IUD.

If the condom slips off inside of someone and she or he can’t get it out, she or he can go to a health care provider and have it removed. Don’t worry, they’re used to this and know how to get it out easily.

If a couple is having vaginal or anal sex and the condom slips off or breaks, there is risk of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including HIV. Both partners should get tested.

These are the most common reasons a condom slips off or breaks:

  •  It was put on incorrectly.
  • It was old (the expiration date passed).
  • It was ripped or exposed to high temperatures wherever it was stored.

If your condom breaks, review the steps for how to use a condom to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

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