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Condom Broke - What are the Chances My Girlfriend Got Pregnant?

Published: March 28, 2017
Dear TeenHealthFX,
Me and my girlfriend were having sex and we're using a condom, I came in the first one, then took it off, wiped my penis off, then put another one on, came a little bit in that one then proceeded to take that one off and wipe myself off again. I put the 3rd condom on and it broke inside of her. She just ended her period about 3 days prior. What are the chances she is pregnant
Signed: Condom Broke - What are the Chances My Girlfriend Got Pregnant?

Dear Condom Broke - What are the Chances My Girlfriend Got Pregnant?,

TeenHealthFX appreciates that you and your girlfriend may be feeling very anxious right now, but, unfortunately, we cannot know the exact chances of whether or not your girlfriend is pregnant. What we can say is that pregnancy is possible any time ejaculatory or pre-ejaculatory fluids come in contact with the vagina at any point during a woman’s menstrual cycle.

There are times during a woman’s menstrual cycle when pregnancy is less likely than other times. The fact that this happened 3 days after your girlfriend ended her period could lower the likelihood of pregnancy. Also, you did not mention if you had ejaculated in the third condom before it broke. If you did not ejaculate while using the third condom, that could also lower the chances.

If this happened within the past 120 hours (5 days), FX recommends that you or your girlfriend check in with one of your doctors about her taking emergency contraception (the morning-after pill). EC is a form of birth control that can be used to prevent pregnancy when taken up to 120 hours after having unprotected sex (including when the condom breaks or slips off).  

If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-5199 for an appointment with an adolescent medicine specialist or contact your local teen health center or Planned Parenthood. A Planned Parenthood health center is a good option if you have concerns about cost or confidentiality issues. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.

FX would also like to encourage you and your girlfriend to speak to a doctor about safer sex precautions for the future. Doctors generally recommend that teens and young adults who choose to be sexually active use condoms each and every time they have sex to protect against unwanted pregnancies and the transmission of STDs, as well as a back-up method of birth control such as the pill or birth control shot. A doctor can make the best recommendations for you and your girlfriend, as well as to discuss with you how to use properly use birth control to maximize its effectiveness.

FX also suggests that you and your girlfriend check out the links in our Resource of the Month: Planned Parenthood Resources on Safer Sex so that you can learn about sexual readiness, how pregnancy happens, pregnancy tests, emergency contraception, birth control, STDs and more. The more educated you both are about these topics, the more likely you will make healthy decisions for yourselves when it comes to your sexual health.

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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