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4 Things To Do If The CD Breaks

Don’t panic!

BY Joan Thatiah

Apr 27, 2021, 02:34 PM

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Yes, a CD can break in the heat of things without you knowing. There’s a wide range of reasons why from it being past a valid expiry date to it not being worn properly.

Even if you don’t feel it, your partner should be able to tell that it broke and you’ll both have the chance to press the breaks on everything right away and take measures to keep yourself safe. First, if it happens, you need to breathe. Panic never solved anything.

Here’s a look into four things to think about should you find yourself on this end of things.

Talk About STIs

He could be a long-term boyfriend or a one-night stand with a guy just met; either way, if the CD broke, it’s time to begin talking about STI’s. I know, I know, this is not a conversation anyone is looking forward to having especially with someone they haven’t been with for a long time but it’s a necessary conversation. If both of you are not sure about whether you’re STI-free, get tested together.

The great news is that even with HIV, PEP (Post Exposure Prophylaxis) drugs are now available at public hospitals. If you think you are at risk, this ‘morning after’ pill will have your back. You just need to be quick about it as their effectiveness diminishes after 72 hours.

Other Types Of Contraception

Unless you have been feeling broody and you are ready to take care of another living being for a lifetime, the next thing to worry about is conceiving. Other than the broken CD, are you on any other form of contraception? No? Then it’s time to figure out exactly where you are on your menstrual cycle and then speak to a health care provider about emergency contraception.

Was It Intentional?

All the above applies if the break was an accident. If your partner broke the CD intentionally to get you pregnant or to pass on something else he was carrying, after you have taken steps to protect yourself, he should go out the window.

Stealthing, which happens by secretly removing or destroying a condom during the act and without your consent is a form of assault and shouldn’t be tolerated.

How To Prevent It

While it often is accidental, there are things you can do to lower the chances of a condom breaking. You can start by checking the expiration date before use and then there’s proper storage which means storing them away from heat and never keeping them in your back pocket.  

Also, never double up on CDs. They are created to be used one at a time. If you are getting with someone with whom you feel like you need to use two at once, then you probably should not be hooking up with this person. Don’t re-use a CD either.

Read: Is Your Man Stealthing?