Should You Take Plan B If The Condom Breaks?

Hi Heather,

I had sex last night and the condom broke right before he came and he pulled out. No semen got inside me. I am not on any birth control and I am worried about the pregnancy risk. Should I get plan b tomorrow? I would like to avoid taking plan b because of the cost and the excess hormones in it however I will if necessary.

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Whenever anything like this happens, it’s scary. Sex can be unpredictable, and even when we try to be safe and do the right thing, accidents can still happen. I’m happy to hear you guys used a condom, and I’m also glad that you’re thinking about taking more preventative measures against a possible unplanned pregnancy. And while some would say that you’re in the clear, I wanted to ask a medical professional to be absolutely sure. So, I talked to our friend Dr. Sherry Ross from HelloFlo (a monthly period care package you need to check out).

Here’s what she said: “Even though it is comforting to know he did not come inside you, there is still a small chance of the ‘pre-ejaculation’ with active sperm being left inside the vagina. Right before ejaculation, he might have released some fluid called ‘pre-ejaculation,’ which is the liquid that comes out of the penis before ejaculation. The liquid may have active and viable sperm that can make you pregnant.”

She continues: “Knowing this can happen would lead me to recommend you take Plan B within 72 hours of having sex. It is most effective when taken within 72 hours after sex, but it can be taken up to 5 days after unprotected sex.”

She also says, “Plan B is also known as the ‘morning after pill’ or ’emergency contraception’ when accidents happen… and they do!” It’s important to remember that Plan B is a great option for accidents like this one, but it shouldn’t be used as your backup plan all the time – that’s why there are other, more long-term options, like birth control pills or an IUD.

Lastly, Dr. Ross says, “If reliable birth control was not part of the game plan, serious tactics can be taken to make sure you cannot get pregnant. The cost of oral emergency contraception is from $30 to $65. Health centers may carry Plan B at a reduced cost. But creating a ‘Plan A’ of a reliable birth control method is a whole lot less stressful than needing to go to Plan B. Better safe than sorry, I would say in this instance.”

take care,

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