Imagine hottie Christian Grey in the throes of passion with his latest lady friend. He finishes, but pulls out to find that he’s missing the condom he put on earlier. Ok, so maybe that didn’t actually happen in 50 Shades, but it’s more common than you’d think in real life!
A “lost” condom can be awkward, but studies show that a third of condom users have experienced breakage or slippage of the condom, so you’re not alone! After your male partner finishes, the penis starts to shrink. This allows the condom to loosen and potentially come off when he pulls out.
Can a Condom Get Lost in There?
Your vagina isn’t a black hole! Nothing can get lost for good up there. If a condom came off inside you during sex, it’s still going to be there. It’s just sometimes tricky to get out.
Don’t forget – the condom won’t have done its job if it has come off! So, if you’re looking to avoid pregnancy, you’ll want to take an Emergency Contraceptive Pill ASAP.
Can I just leave it up there?
Gross, No! I saw someone once who accidentally left one up there for a week and I almost passed out from the stench. Blech. Any foreign objects left in the vagina can cause smelly discharge, irritation, and serious infection.
Ok, so how do I get it out?
You can usually get a lost condom out yourself or with the help of your partner. Insert two fingers (don’t forgot to wash them beforehand) into the vagina, and sweep your fingers around from the back walls to the font.
You should be able to feel the cervix (a firm bit). Sweep your fingers all around this, as the condom can get pushed back against the vaginal wall and hide back here.
If you’re having a hard time reaching around the full vagina, put a foot up on the side of a tub or toilet and push down like you are trying to have a bowel movement. That will help bring the cervix down so you can reach all around.
If you haven’t managed to find the condom, get an urgent appointment with your local Gyno or Family Planning clinic. Don’t worry about going to your doctor about something like this – we see it all the time and there’s no shame!
To avoid this in the future make sure your partner’s wearing the right size condom. If the condom is too large, it’s much more likely to slip off. It’s also a good idea to hold the base of his penis and the edge of the condom as he pulls out.
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