Common "Condoms" queries answered by top doctors | iCliniq


Condoms are a method of birth control that block the entry of sperm, and also block other bodily fluids from spreading sexually transmitted diseases. Both male and female condoms are available that are made from latex, polyurethane, and lambskin. If used properly, it is effective in preventing pregnancy 98% of the time.

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I had a runny nose and sore throat after protected sex. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I had a protected sex with a spa girl ten days back and after three days I started getting a runny nose and a sore throat. On the sixth day of the exposure, I went to STD (Sexually Transmitted Disease) clinic. They asked me to do an HIV(Human Immunodeficiency Virus) PCR(Polymerase chain R...  Read Full »

Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The chances of transmission of HIV by protected intercourse is nil if the condom is used in a right manner. The HIV tests are repeatedly negative especially the PCR at 11 days combo or duo test after one-month exposure. With the given description and test results, the cha...  Read Full »

I had protected sex with my girlfriend four days back. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor,I had sex with my girlfriend four days back. We had protective intercourse using condom. Since it was her first experience, she has a feeling of getting pregnant. Is she pregnant or normal?  Read Full »

Dr. Natasha Bansal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to will be a nil chance of pregnancy if you have used the condom correctly. The pregnancy symptoms do not occur so early, like after four days. So this is not because of pregnancy. If your girlfriend feels that the condom was not used properly, then she can take an e...  Read Full »

Can Vaseline be used along with condom?

Query: Hi doctor, My dermatologist recommended Vaseline for any abrasions in the glans penis. The area is dry, and often I get chafing there, so began to use it daily. However, that becomes concerned that when using a condom, the residue of the Vaseline causes condom latex to weaken. My penis is uncircumc...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Majid Hanif

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have thoroughly gone through your case and can well understand your genuine health concerns.  Read Full »

Why is the outer layer of my penis attached to the head?

Query: Hi doctor, When I do intercourse I am not able to go deep up to the length of my penis. My outer layer of penis is attached to the head. I feel to ejaculate due to excitement. While having sex using condom I am able to insert whole of my penis and enjoy good sex. But without condom, I ejaculate in f...  Read Full »

Dr. Purushottam Sah

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have read and understood your problem. Yes, it may be Phimosis, the symptoms like difficulty during intercourse, hard to urinate will occur. You should use some lubricant or soap and try to pull the foreskin back by holding your penis in one hand and pulling back with a...  Read Full »

I have a delayed period. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I had my period for three days last month. I had protected sex after four days of my periods. He did not ejaculate and the condom did not tear off or break anything like that, just to be sure I took a contraceptive pill within 12 hours. I had bleeding after six days of it for three da...  Read Full »

Dr. Chibitam Hope Obia

Answer: Hello Welcome to I can understand your concern. Your period has been delayed due to the intake of contraceptive pills. So long as you are sure there is penetration involving ejaculation and you have a condom, there would not be any need to take contraceptive pills. One of the side effe...  Read Full »

Though I am on birth control and used condom, my period is late. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I had sex with a tampon in and did not realize that it was still in my body until a week later, when I found it. When I had sex, we used a condom but I did not started my period tyet. Do you think the tampon being in my body for so long could delay my period? I am currently on Lexapro...  Read Full »

Dr. Sravanthi Nuthalapati

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Tampon will not cause any delay in the menstrual cycle or periods. Forgetting tampon for a long time may make you prone to genital infections though. Delay in menstrual cycle is more of a hormonal function. Even though you used a condom the chances of pregnancy canno...  Read Full »

I experienced bleeding after sexual activity. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, I had sex with a woman, but I do not know her HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) status. I used a condom, but I am afraid that the condom is not safe, and I might have into contact with some of her vaginal fluid by my hand.  Read Full »

Dr. D. V. R. Poosha

Answer: Hello, Welcome to A condom is much safer (about 80 %) compared to unprotected sex. So you are safer to that extent even if she would be HIV positive. But then, as you guessed right, condoms may not protect you from every infection or infestation. Therefore it is good to see an STD(Sexua...  Read Full »

Can I get HIV even after using two condoms?

Query: Hi doctor, I had vaginal sex with two condoms without a breakage before two weeks. I do not know the person whom I had sex and do not know whether she has HIV(Human Immunodeficiency Virus) or not. Am I at risk of getting HIV infection from vaginal sex with two condoms? Does the partner's fluid that ...  Read Full »

Dr. Kiran Anaparthi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Never use two condoms, and there are higher chances of having a slippage. Protected sexual activity shows a reduced chance to have HIV. The rates of transmission stand at 1 in 10000 sexual activity. So, you have a less probability of acquiring the infection. It is always ...  Read Full »

Can expired condoms hurt and cause vaginal soreness?

Query: Hello doctor, Last week I had sex with a guy with expired condoms. I saw the packets only after sex and found that they are expired. Is this a problem? Could I be pregnant? Also, I am not sure if this is linked or not but three days ago, I had a really sore, stinging and itchy vagina. I have had t...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey

Answer: Hello, Welcome to If the condom is expired it means it may break easily if it has not had breach then it is as safe as normal condoms. According to your information, three months have passed after this incident and during these three months did you had normal periods? Normal period me...  Read Full »

My wife missed her periods even though I did not ejaculate during sex. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I had sex with my wife and I am very sure that I did not ejaculate. But, there were some white watery drops outside her vagina. Now, she did not get her periods this month. We had sex on the 8th and her periods normally start from 15th to 20th of every month. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Sweta Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to As per your history, you seem to be ejaculated inside her. Therefore, it is possible that your wife maybe pregnant. The only way to know for sure is to get a blood test done. It is the serum beta hCG test (human chorionic gonadotropin). This will tell us whether her peri...  Read Full »

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