[Question #4416] Condom.. leak?

28 months ago
So this happened two days ago, I was with a csw in my car.  Unprotected oral and had a condom on for intercourse. I came but she didn't get off of me immediately when she did the condom was.still on me but didn't seem like the usual volume.  I checked the condom when I got home with water and there wasn't any hole or anything of that sort. But could it have "leaked' from the base? Would that be a fluid exchange sufficient for STIs?  Could it have slipped off then slipped back on?
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
28 months ago
Welcome to our Forum.  I'll be glad to comment.  Mistrust of condoms is widespread and there are many misperceptions about condoms and how they work.  Condoms remain the most effective barrier to STI acquisition, including for HIV, when exposed to infected partners.  As long as the head of the penis is cover, preventing infected secretions from contacting the mucosal surface of the inside of the urethra, they do there job.  Thus even if some ejacualtion "leaked out" of the base of the condom following sex, your condom would have done its job.

Another widespread misperception is that condoms can leak "just a little".  This too is incorrect.  When condoms fail, they break wide open leaving no doubt that they failed.  

Finally, many of our clients use the "water test" to check their condoms after sex.  This is a totally unproven and useless way to evaluate condom integrity.  

I urge you to have confidence in your condom.  From your description, it did it's job.  Congratulations on your commitment to safe sex.  EWH
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27 months ago
Ok.  And I was feeling confident but this morning I was awoken with a nasty sore throat. Like out of a solid sleep. So of course my mind turns to this and now I'm second guessing myself. I mean what is the actual likelyhood of a condom some how coming off during intercourse but getting back on at the point of withdrawal. 
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
27 months ago
Sorry to hear of your sore throat but I can assure you that this is unrelated to the sexual encounter you described above.  You are not the 1rst to ask such a question.  When condoms come off during sex, they stay off, inside of the vagina.  Don't overthink this.  Your sore throat is the sort of problem we all get from time to time, unrelated to your sexual encounter about three weeks ago.  EWH---