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Condom failure and chances of being pregnant

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My girlfriend and i had sex for our first time, we used a condom and it broke! we are worried she is pregnant, she had her period 2 weeks later but it was a week late! is there a high chance of her being pregnant? And we know it was not vaginal bleeding, it was her period! i have been doing some research lately and i can't find answers! please help me

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It is unlikely that she is pregnant if she has had her periods.

Condom failure is fairly common cause of pregnancy and precautions need to be taken to prevent it. Condom failure usually occur due to condom tear .This occurs either due to inferior quality of condom or due to insufficient lubrication. Both these problems need to be addressed to prevent future tear of condom. As in your case, she had periods 15 days later, it is unlikely that she is pregnant although there is a very small chance that it was implantation bleeding.

I would recommend the following-

1)Take another urine pregnancy test to confirm that you are not pregnant. It may also help, if you are very anxious, to take an ultrasonography of abdomen.

2)make sure that you use good quality condoms in the future that do no tear easily. It's also important to wear the condom properly to prevent tear.

3)If she is not properly lubricated I would recommend the use of lubricant gels to decrease discomfort and condom tear.

4)Always use protection and follow safe sexual practices.

Thank you.

Dr. John Monheit
Category: Family Physician-GP
Residecny: North Colorado Family Medicine
Medical School: The Chicago Medical Center
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