What to Do Immediately After Sexual Intercourse with a Broken Condom

In this article, I’ve decided to tell you about the right reflexes in the event of a condom cracking during intercourse. To you who stumbled across this article. To you who are doing this research out of curiosity. Or to you, who are reading these few lines in a panic, in your underpants, after having lived through this experience.

I’ve got the answers to all your questions! Risks of infection, pregnancy – there’s a lot to worry about when you encounter this kind of problem. So it’s important to have the right reflexes for you and your partner.

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Showering after an accident

Generally speaking, when a condom tears during intercourse, we tend to put an end to it immediately. But that’s exactly what I’d advise you to do, so that you can quickly put the right protective measures in place. The first step is to take a shower. Before rubbing yourself frantically with a glove, make sure you rinse yourself thoroughly with water. The idea is not to create micro-lesions with a glove or sponge. These small wounds could encourage the transmission of STDs or STIs if your partner is a carrier.

Talk with your partner

As with any horizontal crisis between two adults, communication is key. If your partner shares your life, you may already have been tested to make sure you’re not carrying any STDs or STIs. If your sidekick is a woman, you can also review any other contraceptive methods she may be using.

For one-night stand partners, or relationships that are not part of a classic married life, a few questions are in order. Here too, the date of the last screening and an update on any conquests since that test can help to identify any risks that may have been taken. In the question-and-answer game, you’ll both need to answer as honestly as possible, to get a real idea of the risks each of you has taken.

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STIs, STDs, AIDS: the risks

If you have the slightest doubt about whether you’ve been exposed to sexually transmitted diseases or infections, don’t hesitate to go to the emergency room. The doctor you meet will help you assess the real risks you’ve taken. He or she may also prescribe emergency treatment for HIV. You will then be tested regularly to check whether you have contracted this type of infection.

If you don’t know your partner, if it’s not a regular relationship, or if you have the slightest doubt, avoid trusting the person blindly. Don’t take any chances, and see a doctor as soon as possible. It’s not uncommon for men to be afraid or ashamed of taking this kind of step. Your health, and that of any future women you may have, is at stake. So there’s no need to put yourself in danger. Health professionals don’t judge you, and are bound by professional secrecy.

What contraception can I use after a condom breaks?

If you’re in a relationship with a woman, it’s time to talk about contraception. It’s important to remember that if your partner uses the pill, an IUD or an implant, the chances of pregnancy are pretty slim. However, the pill must be taken regularly for optimum protection. A pregnancy test can be carried out if a delay in menstruation is observed following condom breakage.

If your partner doesn’t use contraception, there’s what’s known as the morning-after pill. This is an emergency contraceptive, to be taken no more than three to five days after intercourse. Available without a prescription from a pharmacy, it is even free for minors. Taking this type of medicinal solution is not an abortion, but a way of preventing fertilization.

There are certain prejudices that need to be addressed. The morning-after pill does not make you sterile, nor is it harmful to your health if taken several times in a lifetime. However, this solution is only effective in 98% of cases. If menstruation is delayed, a pregnancy test is essential.

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How can I be sure that the condom won’t crack?

Once you’ve been through this type of experience, or if you don’t want to face it, you can do everything you can to make sure your condom doesn’t crack. First and foremost, always opt for quality condoms that meet the highest European and French standards. I also advise you to choose the right condom size. Some brands even offer condom ranges that allow you to find your size to the nearest millimeter.

The instructions on condom boxes should also be followed to the letter. This type of contraception is for single use only. You shouldn’t stack several condoms on top of each other, thinking you’ll be safer. You must also be meticulous when inserting the condom, taking care not to tear it. Using lubricant can also help reduce the chances of tearing your protection.

Don’t forget !

As a reminder, to put on a condom safely, you must first wash your hands. Ideally, your fingernails should not be too long, to avoid the risk of tearing the condom, and remember to choose the right size too. If your wife has a manicure with long nails, we advise you to put the condom on yourself. Before unrolling the condom on the penis, pinch the air reservoir to expel the air and leave room for the sperm at the moment of ejaculation. Unroll the condom. Now all you have to do is enjoy yourself in complete safety!

Condom breakage isn’t common, but it’s important to know that it can happen to anyone. With the right reflexes, you’re putting yourself and your partner at the best possible risk.