I’m scared I might be pregnant…………..

The condom broke………. My boyfriend said he didn’t ejaculate.  We aren’t sure when the condom broke.

Pregnancy is possible whenever sperm comes into contact with the vagina.  If someone is having unprotected sex but ejaculation did not occur in the vagina, pregnancy can still be possible because of something called pre-cum. Pre-cum—officially called pre-ejaculate—is a clear, sticky fluid released by the penis between the beginning of arousal and ejaculation.  Some people release a small amount of pre-ejaculate; others may release quite a bit, and most people may not know when pre- ejaculate is happening.  Because of this, if a condom breaks during vaginal intercourse, there is a risk of pregnancy.

Emergency Contraception can help reduce the risk of pregnancy. Emergency Contraception works by delaying ovulation – the process when the ovaries release an egg – if ovulation has not already occurred. Emergency contraception can be taken up to five days after the most recent sexual contact and is more effective the sooner it is taken.

Lubrication is important during sexual contact, because it can help reduce the risk of friction which helps reduce the risk of condoms breaking.  The body self lubricates naturally but sometimes extra lubrication is needed. If someone is using extra lubrication, they should use water based lubrication with condoms.  Do not use oil based lubrication with condoms because this can cause the condom to break.

It would also be a good idea to consider starting a form of birth control.  Most birth control can help reduce the risk of pregnancy by up to 99% when used correctly.

The only way to know if you are pregnant is to take a test at least 14 days after the most recent sexual contact. You can trust the result then.

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