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Health Information For Teens
What’s the best thing to do if the condom breaks during sex? – Meagan*
Many times, a couple won’t notice that a condom broke until after sex. But if you know that the condom has broken during sex, stop right away and use a new condom.
If the condom breaks:
, or health clinic right away to ask about emergency contraception. Teens who are over 15 can buy emergency contraception pills (morning-after pills) over the counter at a drugstore.
To find out who can provide or prescribe ECPs in your area, visit the The Association of Reproductive Health Professionals website. Emergency contraception is most effective when taken as soon as possible after intercourse, but can be taken up to 5 days after unprotected sex.
To prevent condoms from breaking, keep them away from heat and light, don’t carry them in a wallet, don’t open them with anything sharp (like scissors or teeth), and avoid using oils or lotions on them. The material used to make condoms can weaken over time, so check the expiration date and don’t use one that has expired.
*Names have been changed to protect user privacy.
Before you consider having sex, you need to know how to protect yourself. Read this article to get the basics on birth control.
Some birth control methods work better than others. This chart compares how well different birth control methods work.
Emergency contraception is a way to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex; for example, if a condom breaks or slips off during sex. It is also available to teens who are forced to have unprotected sex.
Condoms may be a good birth control option for couples who are responsible enough to use one each time and people who want protection against STDs.
You’ve probably heard lots of discouraging news about sexually transmitted diseases. The good news is that STDs can be prevented. Find out how to protect yourself.
Find out what the experts have to say.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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