Forgot the Condom? Here’s Your After-Sex Game Plan
What's the Risk of Having Sex without a Condom?
So, you had sex without using a condom or other barrier method. Maybe you forgot about the whole condom thing in the heat of the moment, or maybe the condom slipped or broke. These things happen, and they can be scary AF. You might be worried about pregnancy or a sexually transmitted infection STI or both. In the moments after sex without a condom or other barrier method, understandably you might be nervous about having acquired an STI or unplanned pregnancy. But it can help to focus on the actions you can take.
A healthy and satisfying sex life is crucial for a couple's overall mental, physical, and emotional well-being. It is advisable to use at least one form of contraception every time you engage in sexual activity, to avoid risk of unwanted pregnancy and STIs. However, at times, slip-ups can happen.
Condoms and dental dams help prevent sexually transmitted infections STIs , including HIV, from being transmitted between sexual partners. STIs can be transmitted between partners during different types of sex without a condom, including anal sex, vaginal sex, and oral sex. Using condoms during sex reduces the risk of transmission of most STIs, including HIV, gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, and certain types of hepatitis.