Breakage Of Condom

Sometimes, condoms can rip or tear during sexual intercourse, resulting in contraception failure. Using and storing them properly can reduce the risk of condom breaks. Exposure to sun, chemicals, and heat can all weaken condoms, making them more susceptible to breakage. Variations in the size of the condom also play an important role in causing breakage. If the condoms are too tight, the friction and tension result in the tearing of condoms.

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I am scared I will get HIV because my condom tore during sexual intercourse with a stranger. Should I undergo the HIV tests?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had sex with a stranger, but I am scared that I will get HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) because my condom tore during sexual intercourse. How many days after sex can I undergo the HIV test? What all tests should I undergo?  Read Full »

Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The chances of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) transmission by single unprotected intercourse with an HIV-positive person are low. However, I suggest you consult your doctor for risk assessment and clinical examination. He will guide you regarding the tests and PEP ...  Read Full »

Can condom breakage inside the vagina increase the risk of STD?

Query: Hello doctor, The tip of the condom broke during vaginal sex with an escort. I was only inside her for five to ten seconds. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The chances of transmission of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) by single unprotected intercourse with an HIV-positive person are low. Condom tear is considered similar to unprotected intercourse. You can consult your doctor for risk assessment and need for post...  Read Full »

My girlfriend took an emergency contraceptive pill due to a broken condom incident, and since then, she has had withdrawal bleeding. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, My partner and I had sex nine days ago. The condom slipped, but its opening was outside and I removed it carefully. But, just to be sure, she had Unwanted-72 immediately after. Today, she had period-like bleeding. Is it a side effect of Unwanted-72 or was it something else?  Read Full »

Dr. Neha Singh Rathod

Answer: Hello, Welcome to This could be because of hormonal changes due to the pill you have taken. It is a withdrawal bleeding and there is nothing to worry about. So, relax and do not worry. However, if you have a doubt then get back to me. Take care. For more information consult an obstetric...  Read Full »

During sex, my condom broke and I ejaculated outside my partner's body. What are the chances of pregnancy as she is late for her periods?

Query: Hello doctor, My partner and I had sex right before her period started. My condom tore, but I pulled out and ejaculated outside. She is now late for her next period, and I want to know the chances that she could be pregnant. She has had thyroid level fluctuations in the past and is being treated for...  Read Full »

Dr. Reetika Joshi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to To get pregnant, the sperm must be released inside the vagina of the female. These sperms then need to fertilize an egg which may or may not be available depending on the ovulation pattern of the female. If the egg was available and got fertilized, then the fertilize...  Read Full »

I took a contraceptive pill within 72 hours of having sex. Is there any chance I will get pregnant?

Query: Hi doctor,My periods are usually regular, and last month I had my period in the second week. Afterward, my boyfriend and I had sex a week later, during which his condom broke in between, but we were not sure of it as it was dark. We only found it torn in the morning. So then I ordered a pill and had...  Read Full »

Dr. Sugandh Garg

Answer: Hello, Welcome back to I can understand your concern. If you have taken an emergency pill, you are safe. However, watch for your menstrual cycle if it is delayed or missed. In addition, I suggest you maintain strict hygiene and avoid sexual intercourse for a while. Thank you.   Read Full »

Can I be pregnant if the condom fell out?

Query: Hello doctor, Two months ago, I underwent an egg retrieval. I am fairly regular with my cycle; however, my last cycle lasted for 35 days. My current cycle is of 30 days. While having sex, I had a condom fall off when he pulled out. I am confused if I was in ovulation or not? I took multiple LH (lute...  Read Full »

Dr. Reetika Joshi

Answer: Hello,Welcome to completely understand your concern and will surely try to help you. However, to get pregnant, the sperms have to be released inside the vagina of the female. These sperms then need to fertilize an egg which may or may not be available depending upon the ovulation patte...  Read Full »

My condom broke during intercourse. Is there any chance of getting HIV?

Query: Hi doctor, I had a condom broken incident during sex. I consulted a doctor for PEP. He given me a medicine Tenvir EM for 30 days . I started using it after 52 hours and I have completed the couse. Now I have tested rapid HIV antibody test on the 52 day of exposure (22 days after finishing PEP) the r...  Read Full »

Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for the query. The chances of transmission of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) by single unprotected intercourse with an HIV-positive person are low. A broken condom can be considered as almost unprotected intercourse. You have been initiated with PEP (post-...  Read Full »

Had unprotected sex when she was in her period. Will she get pregnant?

Query: Hi doctor, My fiancee and I had unprotected sex yesterday. Her period also started yesterday. It was the first day of her period. She took an I-pill after seven hours. Today also, she was bleeding, and again we had unprotected sex. Her period cycle is of 24 to 27 days cycle. Will she get pregnant? ...  Read Full »

Dr. Richa Agarwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your history and understand your concerns. As you had I-pill, the chances of pregnancy are not there in your case. But as you had unprotected sex after I-pill, the chance of pregnancy is again there, but as she is in her menses, there is almos...  Read Full »

Is the ELISA test challenging to perform?

Query: Hi doctor, Before 16 years, I had two high-risk exposure with sex workers, and the risk was condom break in both situations. After three months from my last exposure, I did an ELISA test for HIV 1 and 2. It came back negative. Again, after one year, I made the same mistake of condom break with a se...  Read Full »

Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Answer: Hi, Welcome to ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) is very easy to perform and has a sensitivity of around 99%, which means out of 100 HIV-positive persons, it will come positive in 99 of them. One person may come negative despite him being HIV positive. So, at first insta...  Read Full »

Will I get pregnant if I take an unwanted 72 pill before sex and the condom broke during sex?

Query: Hi doctor, I had unprotected sex on the 12th day of my menstrual cycle, but I took Unwanted 72. And we had sex again, but the condom broke. Will I get pregnant?  Read Full »

Dr. Sanjay Kumar Bhattacharyya

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It is recommended to take Unwanted 72 only after sex. This is a post-coital pill, so you can understand that there is a minimal chance of getting pregnant if you have unprotected sex after taking emergency contraceptive pills. Now, you might ask me how do you know whet...  Read Full »

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