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How Do I Know If Condom Breaks

Published: December 3, 2002
Dear TeenHealthFX,
How do I know when my condom break? I heard a pop noise but later I fill the condom with water and nothin leaked out. When a male did not cum how safe is the protected sex?
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Dear How Do I Know If Condom Breaks,

 

TeenHealthFX is not sure what kind of a "pop" you heard, but if you are using a condom that fits properly, you and your partner will be able to feel a break very easily. A water test is a good way to see if there are any leaks in the condom. If you did one and saw no leaks, the chances that there is a tear are slim.

To answer your second question, a woman can get pregnant if her partner even if does not ejaculate inside her. Most males discharge a small amount of fluid before ejaculation. It is a clear emission that can have a high concentration of sperm. This fluid is frequently called pre-cum. The fluid is released during sexual arousal and usually is not felt by the male. A partner could obtain an STD (including HIV) or become pregnant, if the pre-cum comes in contact with their partner's vaginal area. Again, if you were using a condom properly it is not all that likely that your partner could become pregnant from pre-cum.

 

Since you are having sex and have concerns, it would be a good idea for you and your partner to make an appointment with a doctor or teen health center. A teen health clinic can see you without your parent's permission, confidentially and on a low/no cost basis. Also, they can help to educate you in making the best possible decisions regarding sex, birth control and STD protection. If you live in Northern New Jersey you can contact the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at (973) 971.6475. If you live outside of Northern New Jersey, please call your local Planned Parenthood.

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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