Q         I had sex and we used a condom.  I know that it was put on right.  The condom had not expired and there weren’t any holes in it. My boyfriend took off the condom across the room, but the only thing I can think of is he didn’t hold on to the condom at the base when he withdrew.  I’m a week late for my period and want to know if there is any way that I could be pregnant?


From what you describe, pregnancy would be unlikely.  You and your boyfriend appear to have used the condom very well.

By now you should know very clearly whether or not this one act of intercourse caused pregnancy.  Did you become pregnant from that one act of intercourse using a condom?

Below is additional information about becoming pregnant:

“Can I be pregnant?”

The answer to this for almost any sexually active woman in her reproductive years is: YES!

  • A woman can become pregnant even if she has taken her pills correctly.
  • A woman can become pregnant if she had had intercourse while still on her period – even if she uses emergency contraceptive pills.
  • A woman can become pregnant using Depo-Provera injections
  • A woman can become pregnant after having had tubal sterilization.
  • A woman can become pregnant after her husband/partner has had a vasectomy.
  • A young teenager can become pregnant before she has her first period.
  • A fully breastfeeding woman can ovulate and become pregnant in the first 6 postpartum months even if she has not had a menstrual period

You get the point!  Reproductive age women who have

penis-in-vagina intercourse can become pregnant.

Robert A. Hatcher MD, MPH

Emeritus Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics

Emory University School of Medicine

Atlanta, GA

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