Can a condom get lost inside a woman? This is a question that concerns many women who use condoms for birth control and to protect against sexually transmitted infections, especially if they have experienced condom slippage during intercourse.
Retrieving the Condom
While it is not common, it is possible for a condom to slip completely off a man's penis during intercourse and be left in the woman's vagina after the man withdraws. This can be alarming and, of course, the condom does need to come out as soon as possible. You don't have to be worried that the condom will becoming permanently stuck, however, because the cervical opening (that is, the opening between your vagina and your uterus) is not large enough for a condom to go through. The condom cannot go any further than the top of your vagina.
In most cases, if the condom is actually stuck you won't be able to feel it from the inside in the same way you can't always feel a tampon after insertion. However, you may still be able to reach inside your vagina with a few fingers and pull the condom out. If that doesn't work, consider:
- Asking your partner to give it a try, especially if his fingers are longer than yours.
- Changing positions while reclined.
- Standing up.
- Standing up and putting one leg on a chair.
- Squatting and pushing out at the same time.
Getting Help to Retrieve the Condom
If you cannot get the condom out of your vagina yourself or with the help of your partner, you will need assistance from a health care provider. Any foreign object left in the vagina for more than a few hours can cause an irritation or an infection. You may also want to talk with the provider about emergency contraception to prevent pregnancy and testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases. A condom coming off during intercourse can put you at risk for both.
How Can a Condom Get Lost Inside a Woman
Because condom slippage does put you at risk for pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, it's important to understand the causes of condom slippage so you can prevent it from happening again. The most common cause of condom slippage are:
- Using a condom that is too large for the size of the man's penis.
- Condom breakage, which is most often caused by using condoms that are old or have been overexposed to heat.
- Not holding the condom against the base of the penis when pulling out.
- Not rolling the condom far enough up the penis before use.
- Not immediately withdrawing after ejaculation. A condom is designed to be used on an erect penis. Once the penis becomes flaccid, the condom will always become loose.
If condom slippage happens more than once with the same partner, definitely try a smaller size condom. You might meet with less resistance from your male partner if you purchase the smaller size in a different brand condom than you have been using.
Finally, sometimes condom slippage happens because the man hesitates to withdraw immediately after ejaculation if his partner hasn't yet reach orgasm. If this is the case, you might want to suggest to your partner than he switch to manual stimulation after he has completely withdrawn his penis.
Don't Give Up on Condoms
If you have experienced a problem with condom slippage, had to ask the question "can a condom get lost inside a woman," or even needed to make a condom retrieval clinic visit, you might feel embarrassed or even be inclined to stop using condoms. Instead of feeling embarrassed, you should feel proud that you are taking responsibility for your sexual health. Condoms are an excellent way to prevent both pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections and, if they are used correctly, are more than 98 percent effective.