Breaking the condom. How do you prevent pregnancy?
Breaking the condom during intercourse is one of the most unpleasant and worrying accidents. However safe the condom is, such accidents can occur at any time. How do you prevent pregnancy in this case?
What you do NOT have to do
Doctors' statistics show that many women who suffer from this use vaginal irrigation or showers as a means of contraception to remove sperm from the vagina. It neither increases nor decreases the chances of becoming pregnant, but it certainly increases the danger of pelvic infections.
These showers alter the normal balance of bacteria that are naturally found in the reproductive tract and can lead to infections and complications.
What can you do if the condom breaks?
Day 2 pill or emergency contraception
Day 2 pill or emergency contraception is the safest way to prevent an unwanted pregnancy after unprotected sex. There are several types of pills whose use extends from "morning after" to "week after". It is important to calculate how much has happened since the accident occurred and which of the pills suits you best.
Most pills are those made with levonorgestrel. They can be used within a maximum of 72 hours (3 days) from unprotected sexual contact. The specialists also managed to create the pill that can be taken within 5 days after the accident.
Both work like this: they delay or stop ovulation, giving the sperm time to "die" before they can fertilize the egg. Doctors recommend their administration as soon as possible after unprotected sex, because the effect is more certain. The longer the contact time, the lower the effectiveness, even if it falls within the deadline.
Another method of emergency contraception is the copper sterile ParaGard. It is introduced no later than 5 days after the unprotected sexual contact. It appears to play a role in increasing cervical mucus production and removing sperm.
Unlike emergency contraceptive pills, the sterilizer retains its effectiveness even after the accident. Moreover, the specialists claim that it can give results even 10 years after its introduction.
Tests for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
After administering emergency contraception it is important to go to the doctor and perform the tests for the detection of sexually transmitted diseases. Once the condom has broken, the penis comes into direct contact with the vagina and the risk of the disease appears, especially if you do not know your partner well enough and you do not know his medical history regarding sexual activity.
Doctors will recommend tests for gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, HIV and hepatitis B or C.
Follow the signs and symptoms of pregnancy
Even if you take emergency contraception, it doesn't mean you can't get pregnant. No method is 100% efficient. It all depends on when you took it, under what conditions, etc. Therefore, there is still a risk of pregnancy. Attention, and the emergency contraceptive pill can cause menstrual cycle disorders, not just pregnancy. If your menstruation is delayed more than a week from when it was supposed to come to normal, take a pregnancy test.
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