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thinking back now, i can’t believe in thinking this now, but i had protected sex on the day i was ovulating. my boyfriend had told me that his sperm looks like it had leaked through the bottom of the condom. is this possible and if so how likely is it that i’m pregnant???

Yes, sperm can sometimes leak out of the opening of a condom if, for example, your boyfriend leaves the condom on after his erection goes away. If his penis goes soft with the semen still inside the condom, the condom will be loose, and precum and semen can get out, putting you at risk for pregnancy and STDs. That’s why you should always take a condom off right after sex (holding the condom on the base of the penis while pulling out), and put a new one on for every new erection or new sex act.

The only other way sperm (from semen or precum) can leak through a condom is if there’s a hole or tear in it. Things that can make a condom break: 

  • The condom gets caught on something sharp like your nails or teeth. (Sidenote: That’s why we say to never open condom wrappers with your teeth!)

  • Not having enough lubrication. That can cause friction that could make the condom break.

  • Using oil-based lube (like coconut oil), which can break down the material the condom is made of.

If you’re worried some semen got near your vagina, and you don’t want to get pregnant, you can use emergency contraception up to 5 days after sex. If it’s been longer than 5 days, wait for your next period, and if it doesn’t come then you can take a pregnancy test.

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