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Is It Bad To Have Sex Two Times With Different Condoms?

Published: December 2, 2008
Dear TeenHealthFX,
Hi, I'm 16 and my girlfriend and I has been having protected sex for around 3 months now. but usually we have sex two times with a new condom everytime, two days ago she says she has some brown blood spotting and her period should've came last week or this week. But sometimes she has irregular periods. So is it normal for her to have brown spotting or is this a sign of pregency? And is it bad to have sex two times with a different condom? does that increase the chance of pregency? Thank you for any answers.
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Dear Is It Bad To Have Sex Two Times With Different Condoms?,

 

Spotting can be an early sign of pregnancy. The spotting results from what is called implantation bleeding, where the embryo implants itself into the uterine wall 6-12 days after conception. But the fact that your girlfriend is spotting does not necessarily mean she is pregnant – the spotting can also be a form of menstruation, an irregular period, changes in birth control, infection, or an abrasion from intercourse.

 

Since you and your girlfriend are obviously concerned about what is causing the spotting, and because she often experiences an irregular period, FX recommends that she meet with her primary care physician, gynecologist, or with an adolescent medicine specialist. That way she can find out if she is actually pregnant – and if she is not pregnant, she can be assessed for what is causing the irregular periods. FX thinks it is wonderful that the two of you are being responsible about your sex life by using condoms each time you have sex. But you might consider speaking with a doctor to see if it would be helpful for your girlfriend to be on a back-up method of birth control, such as the pill or patch. This could also help with her period irregularities.

 

As for your question about having sex two times in a row using two different condoms, that is fine and does not increase the chance of pregnancy. Where you would increase the chance of pregnancy and/or the transmission of an STI is by reusing condoms. So keep using new condoms each and every time you have sex, never re-use them.

 

Here are some additional facts to remember about using condoms:

  • Put on to condom BEFORE the penis comes into any kind of contact with the mouth, vagina or anus. Pre-ejaculatory fluids (or pre-cum) can lead to pregnancy and the transmission of STIs. So do NOT start having intercourse without a condom and then plan on putting on prior to ejaculation.
  • Change the condom for each erection. Never reuse a condom.
  • Change the condom when switching between vaginal and anal sex.
  • Do not use two condoms at once as that will cause breakage because of the friction.
  • Be honest about what size condom you need, as condoms that are too big can easily slip off, and condoms that are too small can easily break.
  • Make sure that prior to any sexual activity you and your partner are both clear and in agreement about what safer sex methods you will be using to protect yourself against unwanted pregnancies and the transmission of STIs, and that both of you know how to correctly use them.
  • Have a good supply of condoms on hand. If, for any reason, you need more than one – you will be prepared and not put in potentially problematic situation.
  • Check the expiration date, if there is one, to make sure the condom has not expired.

If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-6475 for an appointment or contact your local teen health center or Planned Parenthood. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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