Condoms are generally a useful way to guard against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and pregnancy. However, no birth control method is 100% effective. This form of contraception does not typically require a strict regimen where you have to remember to take a pill at a certain time. But, there are things that can happen while using a condom that can lead to an unexpected pregnancy. If the condom slipped off while you and your partner were engaged in sexual intercourse, it may be a good idea to start gathering information to learn more about a possible pregnancy or a potential STD.
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What Can Cause a Condom to Slip Off?
As a barrier method of birth control, a male condom may be worn over the penis to prevent semen from entering the vagina. A benefit of using a condom is that it’s one of the few contraceptive methods that can guard against STDs. But, partners who experience a condom slipping off may be at risk for an STD or unexpected pregnancy.
Condoms usually have to be put on a certain way in order to be effective. And it’s advised that a man waits until he’s fully erect before he places it over his penis. This helps to keep it from falling off. The CDC recommends pinching the tip to remove any excess air. Your partner should hold the base of the condom when he pulls out of you in order to keep any seminal fluid from escaping.
Another reason a condom can slip off is that it may not fit correctly. To prevent unexpected pregnancies and reduce the chance of spreading diseases, a condom typically needs to be able to fit snugly over an erect penis. You may not want to use the condom if it’s loose or bunched up at the bottom.
Be mindful of the type of lube that is used. Oil-based products can cause a condom to break.
What Should I Do If the Condom Slipped Off During Intercourse?
Your sexual health is important. You may want to get tested for an STD through your healthcare provider or receive a referral for a low-cost test at a community health center. If you’re contemplating abortion as a potential unexpected pregnancy decision, ruling out the possibility of an STD is a step you may want to check off your list first. It’s recommended you see a medical professional. They can assess your condition, as as bacteria spread can lead to Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID), and bacteria is prone to spread into the reproductive tract “anytime the normal barrier created by the cervix is disturbed” according to the Mayo Clinic. An abortion is one example of such a disturbance.
Practical Next Steps
If you suspect you might be pregnant after the condom slipped off, then you may want to arrange to take a pregnancy test to confirm your suspicions. It’s understandable that you may be feeling a bit nervous or frustrated. Taking a pregnancy test through a doctor or another reliable professional can give you space to ask questions about your pregnancy, and discuss your options with a reliable resource if the results are positive.
If you receive a positive test result, you may also want to ask about scheduling an ultrasound exam. This can be important, even if you’ve been thinking about abortion. This is because an ultrasound exam can usually supply you with relevant information about your pregnancy. It can alert you to the possibility of complications that may require alternative medical treatment.
Try not to panic, as it’s normal for there to be anxieties about what to do next. It may be a good idea to seek support so you can have someone guide you and offer advice throughout your unexpected pregnancy.
It can be frustrating if a condom didn’t work for you and your partner. And you may be wondering what your next steps should be. Avenue Women’s Center can provide you with confidential support and accurate information about your pregnancy, helping you to move forward with a decision. We offer free, medical-grade pregnancy tests and limited medical services. Through a private session with one of our pregnancy consultants, you can ask questions about your choices and receive important information to equip you in your next steps.
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- American Pregnancy Association. Male Condoms. Retrieved from: https://americanpregnancy.org/preventing-pregnancy/male-condom/
- Centers for Disease Control. How to Use a Male Condom. Retrieved from: https://www.cdc.gov/condomeffectiveness/external-condom-use.html
- Mayo Clinic. (2022, April). Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID). Retrieved from: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/pelvic-inflammatory-disease/symptoms-causes/syc-20352594
- National Library of Medicine. (1995, September). Preventing Pelvic Infection After Abortion. Retrieved from: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/8547409/
Reviewed by Patricia Kuenzi, APN-CNP, MSN, ANP, PNP.
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