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ImaRocketDog2
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Maybe this is a bit unnecessary to ask, but just to be sure: is there any other way a condom can fail besides it breaking or slipping off? I think I just need a little reassurance, even though I should understand that the 2% of failures in perfect uses are a result of the condom itself having a problem, which caused it to tear/break/come off. I just wanted to make sure that's correct; I know the thought of semen somehow seeping through an intact condom is pretty ridiculous, but I just like knowing that if my partner and I used a condom correctly and it did not slip or break, then that means that that sex could not result in pregnancy. Thank you very much!

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Edith_*
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Hello there!

You are right there. The way for a condom to fail is tearing, break and slip. Condoms having microscopic holes and letting semen pass through is just a myth. Some reasons for condoms to fail could be: of course, using them inconsistently, not using them properly (adding lube inside and outside or holding the base while pulling out), damage from fingernails, expired or when they were stored in a wrong place.

Maybe this link can give you more information about it:

Condom Basics: A User's Manual [Smile]

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ImaRocketDog2
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Thank you very much. I know it's silly, but sometimes simply knowing the facts just doesn't seem to be enough. In the moment, I don't worry about it because the condom is still perfectly intact... but then a few days or weeks later my period acts a bit funny and I start think back to how something might've happened to nullify that perfect condom use and my BC pill. Sometimes a little reassurance is all it takes. [Smile]

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Edith_*
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You're welcome! [Smile]

And it's not silly. Asking is always a good thing to do. If you like facts then maybe you would enjoy this article that talks about combining methods:

The Buddy system: Effectiveness Rates for Backing Up Your Birth Control With a Second Method [Smile]

[ 01-18-2014, 08:21 PM: Message edited by: Edith_* ]

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