Anyone with any sense preaches safe sex and anyone with any sense listens. Condoms are a proven way to avoid unwanted pregnancies and prevent the spread of STDs like syphilis, gonorrhea, and HIV. What public service announcements touting the use of condoms don’t mention, however, are those instances (rare but very real nonetheless) when it slips off of your guy during the heat of passion and ends up being left behind inside the vagina. Any woman who has had a condom stuck inside the vagina is aware what a shock it can be when they first realize what’s happened. It doesn’t spell the end of all things, however. Although it is a situation that will require your full and immediate attention.
Retrieving a Condom Stuck Inside the Vagina
While a condom slipping off during sex doesn’t happen that often, it is always possible and so you should know what to do if it does occur. It’s important to note that much of the time this unfortunate event occurs because the guy is using a mismatched condom. So always make sure your partner is not trying to use a large size condom if his equipment is physically average or slightly below average.
That said, let’s look at a handful of things you should do if you have a condom stuck inside your vagina along with different approaches to removing the offending condom quickly and safely. Before you begin just remember:
Don’t panic – While this is not a pleasant situation and will have to be dealt with promptly, it’s no cause for panic. But just because there’s no reason to panic doesn’t mean you can procrastinate either. That’s because the longer there is a loose condom inside the vagina the greater the chances it may lead to an infection. So take a few deep breaths once you discover what happened and proceed in a calm, rational way.
Wash your hands – Chances are good that you’ll need to get your fingers involved at some point in the retrieval process so make sure they’re clean. Wash them thoroughly and rinse them just as thoroughly before putting your fingers anywhere near your vagina. Also, if you have long sharp fingernails on the hand you intend to use, make sure you cut them back and file the edges smooth before inserting them into your vagina.
Retrieval method 1 – Lie on your back and spread your legs to allow easy access.
Insert 1 or 2 of those nice clean fingers with the short nails into your vagina and feel around. Chances are you’ll be able to find the unwelcome visitor quickly.
Carefully grab it as best you can and slowly pull on it. If you lose your grip just take a breath and try again.
In most cases, you should be able to retrieve it this way. Sometimes you’ll be able to hook it with one finger and other times you may have to pinch it with two.
If you can feel it but your fingers aren’t quite long enough to hook it ask your guy to do the honors. Just make sure he washes his hands just as thoroughly as you, that he doesn’t have long fingernails and that he’s patient and gentle.
If you or your guy are unable to get a good hold of it try altering your position slightly. This might cause the thing to move a bit and become easier to snag.
If the condom slipped off after orgasm, do your best not to spill the contents.
Retrieval method 2 – If your initial attempt at removing a condom from your vagina is unsuccessful, move to the toilet and try again. Sit down on the toilet with your back straight, your legs spread and feet on the floor.
As best you can relax the muscles of the vagina and wait a couple of minutes for gravity to do its work.
After 1 or 2 minutes gently reach in with those nice clean fingers and see if you can reach it now. If you can hook or pinch it as described above and remove it, being careful not to spill the contents if at all possible.
If you are unable to remove it after simply waiting a couple of minutes try contracting your pelvic muscles to push it toward the exit.
After pushing in this manner for a minute or so reach back in again and see if the condom is now in a more accessible position. If it is, hook it or pinch it and pull it out slowly.
If sitting did not quite do the trick try standing with one leg raised and repeating the pushing motion. (Obviously, if you sense an impending bowel movement from all the pelvic pushing cease immediately).
If standing and pushing has moved the condom into a better position, grab it and remove it.
Check the Condom Upon Retrieval
If your efforts at removing a condom from your vagina are successful, don’t just toss it in the trash. Take a minute to inspect it. If your guy came inside the condom, does it seem like everything is still there? Are there any breaks? Are there any missing pieces? If it seems as though the condom is intact that’s great. If it seems that there are pieces missing, you’ll need to see a doctor ASAP. If it seems the condom is intact, but some or all of the contents have spilled out inside you, you should call your gynecologist ASAP to discuss options.
If You Are Unable to Retrieve it Yourself
In some cases, you may not be able to remove a condom stuck inside the vagina yourself, in spite of your best efforts. In such cases, you’ll need to see a doctor as soon as possible and have them remove it. You may consider going to the emergency room. The process of removing it may be a bit uncomfortable but should be painless and take only a short time.
Removing anything from your vagina doesn’t have to be an ordeal. Just relax and proceed methodically through the above steps and you should be fine.