Condom Breaks What do you do?

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Nasty, nasty, nasty. If you were using a condom for birth control and discover that it broke while in service, consider calling your physician as soon as possible. There is a morning-after pill that is reasonably effective in preventing pregnancy. In the meantime, do not inject birth control foam or jelly into the vagina. The pressure might push the ejaculate up into the cervix. The same is true for douching. Instead, try inserting a contraceptive suppository. Wash your external genitals, pee, and if you have something that contains nonoxynol-9, rub it on your genitals and leave it there for a while.

Chronic Rubber Busters
Researcher Bruce Voeller and associates studied a group of young men who were chronic rubber busters. Contrary to what you might think, these chronic rubber busters weren’t hung any bigger than the average guy and they hadn’t used Vaseline as a lubricant. Petroleum jelly, i.e. Vaseline, is an oil-based lubricant that does to latex rubbers what AIDS does to the body. Voeller and associates found that almost all of the chronic rubber busters were using ordinary hand creams like Nivea, Johnson’s Baby Oil, Vaseline Intensive Care, Corn Huskers, or Jergens to lubricate the outside of their rubbers. These guys assumed that since the hand creams washed off easily they weren’t oil-based. WRONG. Almost any type of hand cream will weaken a latex rubber by 90 percent in less than sixty seconds, especially those that contain mineral oil. The same can be true for body powders. The safest lubricants are contraceptive jellies or water-based products like KY Jelly sold at supermarkets or drugstores. For more on lubes, see Chapter 10, “Sex Fluids.”

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