There are so many lengths women go through to prevent pregnancy, from taking daily pills to getting contraceptive devices put inside them. But the most well-known contraceptive is a condom, and using one may not always be 100 percent foolproof. It’s common to hear of a condom tearing or finding a hole in it, but it can also slip off inside you. While it may not happen often, it’s still good to know, can you get pregnant if the condom is left inside you?
According to Planned Parenthood, anytime semen gets into or even near your vagina, pregnancy can happen. If the condoms slips off and gets stuck inside you, your risk of becoming pregnant is increased, the organization noted, because semen will likely spill out of the base of the condom into your vagina. From there, even one sperm can travel up through your cervix and uterus to your fallopian tubes, where it can live for six days, and fertilize an egg if you are ovulating.
So what do you do if you realize the condom is still inside you? Cosmopolitan suggested laying back and trying to pull it out with your fingers, and if it is stuck a little higher up than your fingers can reach, try squatting and bearing down while you try to get it out. If you still can’t retrieve it, head to your doctor or the emergency room, because if left in for more than a few hours, it can begin growing bacteria, which can lead to an infection.
Once you’ve successfully removed the condom, it’s time to think about pregnancy. Planned Parenthood suggested heading to your doctor’s office and asking about Plan B, also known as the morning after pill, which can reduce your chances of pregnancy. It may also be a good time to talk to your doctor about STD testing if that is a concern for you.
How can you prevent a condom from slipping off? For one thing, size matters when it comes to condoms. Teens Health explained that condoms can easily slip off if they are too big, so finding the proper size is crucial. To avoid slippage, your partner should also make sure the condom is rolled down to the base of the penis and he should hold the condom at the base when he pulls out of your vagina immediately after ejaculation.
While sex should be the time to relax, there are sometimes it can stress you out. Just make sure you take the proper precautions, keep your doctor in the loop, and remember that even if life throws you curve balls, it’s all about how you handle it. (In this case, by slowly pulling a condom out.)