I always use condoms. Could I be pregnant?

Someone asked us:

I’ve had sex with my boyfriend a lot lately, and we use a condom every time (and none of them have broken). How likely is it that I could be pregnant? My period isn’t here yet, and I’m getting a little worried.

If you’ve been using condoms correctly, and they haven’t broken or come off inside of you, then it’s highly unlikely that you could be pregnant. When used always and correctly, condoms are 98% effective at preventing pregnancy. Here are some other things to think about when it comes to using a condom correctly: 

      Was the condom on his penis before going into your vagina, and did it stay in place during the entire time you had sex? 

      Did your boyfriend pull his penis out of your vagina while he was still erect to ensure that no semen leaked out of the base of the condom after sex?

      Did you check for holes or tears in the condom before and after using it? (Sounds like you did!)

If you answered yes to these questions, then you’ve been using condoms correctly, and pregnancy is very unlikely.

Your late period could be due to a number of other things — stress illness, not eating enough, very vigorous exercise, or using a birth control method that contains hormones (which if you do — then it’s crazy unlikely that you’re pregnant). You can always take a pregnancy test just to be sure.

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