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Sarah726
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Hi there, thank you for taking the time to read my post.

Last night, my boyfriend and I had sex and the condom broke for the first time. We were a little confused as we haven't had this happen before and use water-based lubricant. I am on the pill and take it about the same time every day. (On Tuesdays I take it an hour late when I get out of my exercise class, but that doesn't seem too much an issue).

We also use the pull-out method as a third form of birth control. He did ejaculate outside of me (we both watched it) which is when we realized the condom broke. I know there is some risk with pull-out, which is why we use three methods in case one fails. He had urinated before sex and had not ejaculated for two days. He was a good distant from me when he ejaculated so I feel the risk of it getting on the outside of my vagina is close to none.

Would Plan B be overkill in this situation? I am also during my inactive part of my pills right now (I don't get a period anymore because of the pill I'm on).

Thanks for taking the time to help me.

Sarah

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coleworld90
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Hi,
Im sorry for intruding your post, but was the condom break really obvious when you saw it?

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Sarah726
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Yes, it was definitely broken.
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Onionpie
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Hi Sarah. Since you're taking the pill and you didn't take any late, you can still rely on that to be effective. Basically you can treat this situation like you were using withdrawal + birth control pills, which together still have a pretty dang high effectiveness rate! Even the pill on its own has a very good effectiveness rate.

We have an article about how to figure out how effective your paired up contraception methods are, here:
The Buddy System: Effectiveness Rates for Backing Up Your Birth Control With a Second Method

Also, if you're still not sure what went wrong to cause the condom to break, I suggest going through this article and seeing if any of the things mentioned there might have been done wrong:
Condom Basics: A User's Manual

It's totally up to you whether you want to take Plan B, but in terms of risk I don't think it'd really be called for here. I mean, the birth control pill is already more effective than Plan B, so it wouldn't really make a difference.

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Sarah726
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Thank you for the links--looking at the combinations made me feel much better. I felt like the risk was low, but it still helps to have an educated second opinion as well as statistics to back it up.

We must have needed more lubricant. There was a hole directly on top of the condom, so I'm guessing it was too much friction. I appreciate this article.

I didn't realize how strong just two birth control methods were; it makes me feel better we are practicing three in case one fails, like in this instance.

Thank you for giving me information without judgment. I really appreciate it. [Smile]

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Onionpie
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No problem! Glad they cleared things up for you! Two birth control methods combined, particularly when one is the pill (or any other highly effective method), are really excellent for reducing pregnancy risk. And since you guys usually practice three types of contraception, you're pretty much as covered as you could possibly be! That's like having three deadbolts on your door -- it'd have to be one sneaky burglar to get in [Razz]
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