There are times when in the heat of the moment something goes wrong. Sometimes the c0ndom is too old or it is the wrong size and it breaks. Other times it is not put on properly which can cause a malfunction as well. So if you find yourself in this predicament, what do you do next?
When a c0ndom breaks you are at risk for HIV and other STDs as well as pregnancy. There are some things that you can do to reduce your risk of getting any of them.
HIV Prevention: The first thing that you should do if you have a c0ndom break is to get tested. Your partner should get tested as well and it should be done as soon as possible and then again after three months. You should also ask the doctor for a PEP (postexposure prophylaxis) which is an HIV treatment for the morning after an accident. The treatment is taken over a month and should be started right away. They are still effective 72 hours after a c0ndom breaks but are most effective when taken immediately. The treatment does have side effects such as extreme fatigue and nausea.
Pregnancy Prevention: The Plan B morning-after pill is the most effective way to prevent pregnancy after a c0ndom break accident. It is most effective when taken right away but can be taken up to 72 hours after. It is recommended that you buy Plan B before anything happens just so that you have it on hand instead of having to make time to go to a pharmacy after an accident happens. The side effects of Plan B include abdominal pain, nausea, fatigue, menstrual changes, and headaches.
To prevent accidents from happening in the first place make sure that the c0ndoms that you are using are the right size, are placed properly, and are not expired or old. Preventing c0ndom breaks in the first place is your first line of defense.