Learning what to do if the condom breaks can save you time, money, and stress. If the condom broke, don't freak out. It is a big deal, but freaking out will only make it worse. Take a deep breath, and analyze the situation. You have options, there is no need to worry yourself sick. Here are things that you should think about when you find yourself in this situation.
- Birth control – If you or your partner has a chance of becoming pregnant from this condom breaking, you need to act quickly. You have up to 72 hours to prevent pregnancy by taking the morning-after pill, or Plan B. Plan B is not the abortion pill, and it will not terminate an existing pregnancy. It is much like a regular birth control pill, only with a higher dosage of hormones. Plan B is available without a prescription from any pharmacy, if you are over the age of 18. If the person looking to purchase Plan B is under 18, a written prescription from a doctor is needed. Once you receive the medication, take it immediately. Plan B may cause bleeding or spotting between periods. If you or your partner does not have a regular period within two weeks, pregnancy is possible. Take a pregnancy test as soon as possible to find out for sure.
- STDs – This is a time when you must be open and honest with your partner. Discuss how many sexual partners both of you have had, and any history of unsafe sex, needle sharing, or other risky behaviors. Your health and your partner's health depends on your honesty with each other. If either partner has a risk of HIV, you see a doctor as soon as possible, as there are medications to help prevent the infection from happening, even if you have already been exposed to HIV. If neither partner has a risk of HIV, it's still a very good idea to get an HIV test. Wait at least a month after the condom breaks to be tested, as HIV, or other STDs will not show up on a test until that point.
We really cannot stress the importance of acting quickly after the condom breaks enough. You only have 72 hours to prevent pregnancy and reduce your risk of HIV. Protect yourself, and your future. Now that you have learned this important information, pass it along to others who may find it useful. Print this page and keep it handy just in case the worst case scenario happens to you. Having a condom break is not the end of the world, but, just remember to act quickly in order to protect yourself.