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What If the Condom Slipped Off During Sex?

When we were having sex, my boyfriend pulled out and the condom stuck inside of me. Is this dangerous?
- Betty*

First, it's great that you use condoms! The condom itself is not likely to be dangerous — though you'll need to be sure you get it out so it doesn't cause problems. And, when a condom slips off, you are at risk for STDs and getting pregnant.

Put your finger into your vagina and see if you can pull the condom out. If you are able to get it out on your own, check the condom to be sure it is whole and there aren't pieces still inside you. If you can't remove the condom completely, or you're not sure it's all out, call your doctor or visit a health clinic right away.

Even if you do get the condom out, you'll still want to see your doctor or go to a health clinic to be tested for STDs and pregnancy. Condoms are the only form of birth control that offers some protection against STDs and help prevent pregnancy. So when a condom slips off, that protection goes away.

Condoms can come off during sex if they are not the right size or not put on properly. Your boyfriend should pick the size and brand that fits most comfortably and snugly. When putting on the condom, roll it all the way down your boyfriend's erect penis, not just part of the way.

How your boyfriend pulls out matters, too. It's best to pull out immediately after ejaculation while the penis is still somewhat hard. When pulling out, your boyfriend should hold the condom around the base of the penis so it doesn't slip off.

If you're worried about pregnancy and want to get emergency contraception, talk to your doctor, nurse practitioner, health clinic, or pharmacist as soon as possible. The sooner emergency contraception is started, the better it works.

Reviewed by: Larissa Hirsch, MD
Date reviewed: February 2012

*Names have been changed to protect user privacy.

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