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I know that condoms can fail but i was wondering even if the condom doesn't break or anything can sperm still get through?
I mean if i have sex & the condom doesn't break is there still a chance i could get pregnant?

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There is always a chance (I'm thinking quantum tunnelling here), but it's effectively zero. For my example above to work on something as huge (in particle terms) as a sperm, the chances are like 1 in a few thousand billion or so.

Basically, what I'm saying in my roundabout way is, no, if the condom really didn't split you can't be pregnant.

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To meet FDA standards for condoms sold in the United States, all condoms must be electrostatically tested. This will detect any hole large enough for a sperm cell to pass through. Lots from each manufacturing batch are tested to destruction to determine ultimate breaking stength.

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In other words, if in a given incident, a condom was worn for ALL direct genital contact, and did not rip, tear, break or slip off in any way, and was removed properly, for that incident, it has been 100% effective birth control.

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