Condom Breaks

What to do when the condom tears / breaks / slips out:

1) Stop having sex immediately.

2) Remove condom and wash yourself with warm water. For ladies, if you suspect your partner has ejaculated inside you, DO NOT try to scrape the ejaculate out with your fingers or other objects as that risks injuring the vaginal walls and may increase the risk of infection. For the same reason, DO NOT use strong antiseptics and caustic soaps to wash the intimate areas.

3) There can be a risk of sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. Do come down to our clinic for a discussion on whether you may be suitable for Post-Exposure Prophylaxis for HIV. In addition, screening tests for STDs may be required after an appropriate interval.
4) For ladies, if you are not on regular oral contraception, emergency contraception is also available and can be considered.
It is great that you use condoms. Even if you do not require contraception, condoms serve as an important pillar in the prevention of sexually transmissible infections. For other measures to reduce or prevent STDs or STIs, click here.
If you ( or your partner ) have experienced a condom break or slip, or have had unprotected sex, do give us a call or SMS at 9662 5512 immediately.

Condoms tear / break because:

  • poor quality or expired condoms
  • condom was not kept properly ( eg. left in the car in the sun )
  • damaged by nails or teeth when opening condom
  • insufficient lubrication – most condoms available in Singapore are pre-lubricated but if the receptive ( anal or vaginal ) partner is too dry, or if sex was prolonged, it may not be sufficient.
  • rough sex
  • inappropriate lubricant – always use water-based lubricants with condoms; oil-based ones such as massage oils can increase the risk of breaks.
  • 2 condoms were used simultaneously – double condoms actually increase the risk of breakage when the 2 condoms rub against each other.
Condoms slip out because:
  • rough sex or prolonged sex
  • penis was not fully erect when the condom was put on; or penis goes soft during sex
  • condom was not rolled down completely to the base of the penis
  • condom was too big – condoms smaller than the standard sized ones may be available at specialty shops

Treatments and HIV post-exposure prophylaxis are most effective when started early. For inquiries and an appointment with our dedicated doctors, please call 6251 5512 or SMS/WhatsApp 9662 5512

Kindly note that the clinic will be closed on the following days:

May 2022

1st - 2nd May ( Sun - Mon ) : Clinic is closed (Labour Day)

3rd May ( Tues ) : Clinic is closed (Hari Raya Puasa)

15th - 16th May ( Sun - Mon ) : Clinic is closed (Vesak Day & in lieu)

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