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Doctor insights on: How Much Can Condoms Protect Against Pregnancy

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Is condom and pull out method enough to protect from pregnancy?

Is condom and pull out method enough to protect from pregnancy?

Not perfect: Condom effectiveness depends on the user's ability to use the method correctly. Aside from abstinence, no method is 100% effective. Withdrawal is an unreliable method of contraception. With correct use, condoms are in the range of 90% effectiveness. ...Read more

Dr. Sandra Eleczko
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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This month. I had a lot of sex. All protected. Condoms were all fine. I'm not on any pill. Chances of pregnancy?

This month. I had a lot of sex. All protected. Condoms were all fine. I'm not on any pill. Chances of pregnancy?

Sperm: Even in israel, I believe, they teach that to make a baby sperm have to meet an egg. If there is no sperm there can be no baby. ...Read more

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If my boyfriend and I had protected sex but the condom was expired by two years, could that result in pregnancy?

If my boyfriend and I had protected sex but the condom was expired by two years, could that result in pregnancy?

Yes: The expiration date is a reflection of how long the condom will maintain its walls before the material begins to break down & possibly leak. It only takes one healthy swimmer to do the job. It may have held up but time will tell. ...Read more

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Lately, I've been having protected sex, no condom failure. What are my chances of pregnancy?

Lately, I've been having protected sex, no condom failure. What are my chances of pregnancy?

Extremely small: If you are having protected sex, with a condom, without fail, and with no breakage of the condom, then your chance of pregnancy is almost zero. If you are worried at all, a second form of birth control, such as pills or the depo shot, would be a great idea. ...Read more

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I had protected sex 9 dyas ago and now I have light bleeding condom didn't break what are my chances of pregnancy?

I had protected sex 9 dyas ago and now I have light bleeding condom didn't break what are my chances of pregnancy?

Always possible: There are many factors which could cause you to be pregnant Luckily it is easy to do a pregnancy test from a drug store. The chances are slim but it could happen so go and do an urine pregnancy test ...Read more

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Had protected sex he ejaculated took condom off then I licked his nut off and put it in me what are chances of pregnancy?

Had protected sex he ejaculated took condom off then I licked his nut off and put it in me what are chances of pregnancy?

Possible: If some of his semen ended up where you licked and it wasn't already dry it is possible you transfered some sperm into your vagina. Not a good idea to do this. You might want to get plan B or another form of emergency birth control to be safe. ...Read more

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If I had protectd sex but condom pop. Can I get a positive pregnancy test in 2 wks?

If I had protectd sex but condom pop. Can I get a positive pregnancy test in 2 wks?

? missed period: Wait until your period does not come, then 7-10 days after it is missed, check a urine pregnancy test. If your period comes, then you are not pregnant and you do not need to do the test. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Protected sex with a condom, no tears, and no ejaculation. What are my chances of pregnancy? Should I take plan b?

Protected sex with a condom, no tears, and no ejaculation. What are my chances of pregnancy? Should I take plan b?

Up to you: But chances of pregnancy are very, very low. Plan b has can have generally milld side effects - and in my estimation, your risk from those potential side effects outweighs the risks of possible pregnancy. In the end, it's your choice, but please don't start using Plan B after each intercourse for the rest of your life. ...Read more

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Protected sex with condom no tears or rips checked after but day before predicted ovulation. Chance of pregnancy? Can I get pregnant from cum on my butt?

Protected sex with condom no tears or rips checked after but day before predicted ovulation. Chance of pregnancy? Can I get pregnant from cum on my butt?

Not likely, however:: The chances are very low for pregnancy as described. You should ask yourself some hard questions right now, however, such as, "am I ready to be pregnant and become a mother as a teenager and change the course of my entire life? " that is really what you should be asking with your risky sexual activity. This type of question has already been answered far too many times. ...Read more

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Period came 8 days after protected (condom) sex. Chances of pregnancy?

Take a test: Home pregnancy tests are very accurate. They are the same tests used in a doctors office. They can detect a pregnancy 7-10 days after conception. The best time to take one is when you miss your period. If you doubt the result you can repeat it in 1-2 days. If you were pregnant the hormone level would rise enough for detection. ...Read more

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Period came 8 days after protected (condom) sex. Still at risk of pregnancy?

Period came 8 days after protected (condom) sex. Still at risk of pregnancy?

Pregnancy: When a normal menstrual period occurs the lining of the uterus sheds and thus implantation of a fertilized egg cannot occur. However, spotting only without a normal period can be a early sign of implantation of a fertilized egg. And so, if the period flow was not over a period of days I would recommend pregnancy testing by your family physician. ...Read more

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I started a new BC pack a day late (took mon instead of sun) and 5 days later I had sex with a condom. Am I protect from pregnancy?

I started a new BC pack a day late (took mon instead of sun) and 5 days later I had sex with a condom. Am I protect from pregnancy?

The condom works: Using a condom properly during sexual activities will protect against pregnancy, regardless of what else is going on. That being said, starting a new pack of birth control pills one day late should be ok, and not noticeably decrease the effectiveness of the pills. ...Read more

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I had protected sex he nutted in condom then took it off and I sucked his penis and I put penis inside of me what are my chances of pregnancy?

I had protected sex he nutted in condom then took it off and I sucked his penis and I put penis inside of me what are my chances of pregnancy?

Less but possible: All the secretions of an erect penis have a sperm content. The concentration is less but it only takes one. Any unprotected intercourse can get you pregnant. ...Read more

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I had protected sex usin condom, next day spotting occured in addition to normal colorless mucous discharge. Means? 28 old female, never had pregnancy.

I had protected sex usin condom, next day spotting occured in addition to normal colorless mucous discharge. Means? 28 old female, never had pregnancy.

Spotting: A single episode of spotting probably has very little significance. Now on the other hand if you spot between periods frequently I would suggest you see your doctor. ...Read more

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How come condoms can "protect" against HIV but aren't enough to prevent pregnancy every time?

How come condoms can "protect" against HIV but aren't enough to prevent pregnancy every time?

Define failure: Condoms prevent both HIV and pregnancy without about the same success. When condoms "fail, " resulting in either pregnancy or HIV transmission, it's usually because they're left in the drawer on the nightstand. This is termed "condom failure" in people who list condoms as their form of birth control, but it really shouldn't blamed on the condom. The same is true for HIV prevention. ...Read more

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I had protected sex (condom didn't break or slip) about 4 days after a early period. What's the possibility of pregnancy?

Very low: The failure rate with condoms is as high as 15 to 20%. But when used properly the failure rate is much lower. That combined with the time of your period (assuming it was your period) makes it very unlikely that you would conceive. ...Read more

Condoms (Definition)

These are mostly closed end tubes of latex and occasionally other materials to cover the penis during intercourse and prevent pregnancy and disease transmission. A wise person uses them when the history of their partner is unknown. There are some available for women's use ...Read more