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What are the chances of getting pregnant if the condom breaks?

What are the chances of getting pregnant if the condom breaks, in a percentage?

Hi there, thanks for your question. Sounds like you're worried about a broken condom.

Condoms often break when there's too much friction during sex, or when they are nearing their used by date or have been exposed to heat or sunlight. Using additional water-based lubricant with condoms can reduce the risk of them breaking. Swapping condoms kept in purses or wallets every 3 months is a good idea too.

Sorry but there's no way of putting an exact percentage on the chances of falling pregnant if a condom breaks. Also, if a person is on any other form of contraception, such as the pill or Implanon, the chance of pregnancy is far lower (as little as 2% or 3% chance, given the effectiveness of other forms of contraception).

It's a good idea to use condoms with another type of contraception to prevent unintended pregnancy and to protect from getting sexually transmissible infections (STIs).

The chance of pregnancy also depends on where a woman was in her cycle. A woman is most fertile for days 11–15 of her cycle (with day 1 being the first day of her menstrual period).

If a condom does break, a woman has up to 72 hours (3 days) to take the morning after pill (emergency contraception) if she wants to. This pill can decrease the likelihood of an unintended pregnancy. It can be bought over the counter from most chemists and pharmacies.

If a condom breaks during sex with a partner, it's a good idea to have a sexual health check up. Bacterial infections, such as chlamydia, can easily be spread. Sexual health check ups can be done at medical and sexual health clinics.

Hope this information helps. For more information on types of contraception and their effectiveness check out the link below. All the best.

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