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Accidents happen. Sometimes condoms slip off during sex because they’re too big, too small, or your partner didn’t remove the condom after ejaculating — making the inside of the condom slippery. It can then slide off of the penis while in the vagina. 

First things first, if the condom came off and you weren’t using another birth control method, it’s a good idea to take emergency contraception if you want to prevent pregnancy. There are three types of emergency contraception, like the morning after pill or “Plan B,” that are safe and effective ways to prevent pregnancy for up to 5 days after unprotected sex. The sooner you take it the better.

Now, let’s get it out. While you’re in the shower or lying down, take a few deep breaths to relax, and reach inside your vagina with a clean finger. Feel around for the condom. Once you feel the condom, take two fingers and gently pull the condom down toward your vaginal opening. It might feel slippery and hard to grab. If you feel the condom but can’t pull it out yourself, a nurse or doctor might have to step in. You can always contact your local Planned Parenthood health center for help.

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