How to Use a Condom (cont.)
- Check the condom to make sure it has no holes in it and still contains semen if there was ejaculation.
- If the condom has broken or fallen off during sex or has leaked, discuss the possibility of pregnancy or transmitting sexually transmitted diseases (STD) with your partner. See your healthcare professional. A woman may wish to use emergency contraception (birth control pills taken to prevent pregnancy). Emergency contraception should be used within 72 hours of unprotected sex. Wash your sexual organs with soap and water right away to help reduce the risk of getting an STD. A woman may wish to insert an applicator of spermicide into her vagina as soon as possible.
- Condoms can certainly break or fall off during use, but studies show that this rarely happens if used properly. Rates of breakage during vaginal intercourse are up to 6.7%. Breakage rates during anal sex are up to 12%.
- Wrap the used condom in tissue or put it inside a plastic baggie and throw it in the garbage that will not be discovered by children or animals or pose a health hazard to others. Do not flush condoms down the toilet. Condoms can clog the toilet.
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