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4 Things To Do If The CD Breaks

Don’t panic!

BY Joan Thatiah

Apr 21, 2022, 10:51 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 if it brakes 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. Secondly, you need to assess the situation and figure out a few things like at which point the CD broke and if there could have been an exchange of bodily fluids as well as whether the CD is still on. This will help with knowing the next steps one ought to take. 

If in such a situation, here’s what you need to think about moving forward. 

Having A Conversation About STIs

It could happen when with a long-term boyfriend or a one-night stand that you 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. (It is also a necessary conversation in long term relationships). If both of you are not sure about whether you’re STI-free, get tested together a few weeks after just to be safe. You know, better safe than sorry. 

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, the ‘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.
However, immediately after the CD breaks and you are concerned about pregnancy, just rush into the bathroom and follow this steps which might help. First of all, you can bear down on the toilet seat to push down anything lingering. Secondly, you can force yourself to pee which will further remove anything lingering outside. Lastly, you can take a shower to wash away everything. 

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.

Symptoms That Could Indicate An STI

It is unfortunate that many STIs do not present any symptoms, meaning that you could have an infection and not even know about it. This is why testing is important. However, there are a few symptoms that could indicate that something is wrong. They include a burning sensation when peeing, itching, unusual discharge, a rash, fever, blisters and pain during intercourse. This are just but a few and one can never be sure if they are safe unless they get tested.

If you happen to test positive, it does not mean it is the end of the world, it just means you'll have to make some changes and adjust a few things to make sure everything gets better.

Read: Is Your Man Stealthing?