If you're being a responsible adult—and we really, really hope that you are—you've taken all the necessary precautions before you have sex with someone. You've talked about each other's sexual history, you both want the same thing (read: consent), and you're using a condom. But while you're in the middle of a really steamy sesh, you noticed something that made you pause: The condom broke.
Your mind is racing and it suddenly feels like all the prep work you did flew out the window because...well, what do you do now?! First things first: It's easier said than done but DON'T. PANIC.
Condoms break. It just happens. They are also not 100 percent effective, which means they aren't perfect. In an email interview, Cosmopolitan asked Dr. Mae Syki-Young about what you should do if you ever find yourself in this situation.
"If the condom broke, there is a possibility that a part of it was left inside. Check the condom if it looks intact. When in doubt, you need to be checked thoroughly by a gynecologist because foreign material left inside is never good. It can cause infections," she explained.
Next, there is also the risk of pregnancy. If this is not something you've planned, Dr. Syki-Young said, "You need a back up contraceptive to decrease your chance of getting pregnant. Again, your gynecologist can assist you in that area. Do not self-medicate, or worse, ask a friend."
Ideally, you'd see your doctor within 48 hours of when the condom broke "so a back-up contraception can be given. The popular morning after pill is not available in the Philippines." Do not text or call your gynecologist. Instead, set up an appointment to avoid miscommunication, misdiagnosis, or any other kind of misunderstanding. As a patient, "you need to [provide your] complete history before being prescribed contraception."
Just so you know, there are some things you can do to prevent a condom from breaking. First, check the expiration date—yes, condoms expire—before you use it. It's also advisable to keep them in a place that's at room temperature. And please, PLEASE, do not double wrap. You're not doubling the protection. In fact, using two condoms at once can increase friction and cause them to break.
Dr. Mae Syki-Young is a consultant of Makati Medical Center and St. Luke's Medical Center, Bonifacio Global Center; Fellow of Philippine Obstetrics and Gynecology Society (POGS); Member of Philippine Society of Gynecologic Endoscopy (PSGE); Member of Aesthetic Gynecology Society of the Philippines (AGSPI).
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