What Makes a Condom Fail?

What makes a condom fail?
What makes a condom fail?

What Makes a Condom Fail?

Condoms are 98% effective at preventing pregnancy and STIs like gonorrhea, chlamydia, and trich if they are used properly and every time you have sex. The important takeaway here is properly and every time. STI testing is so important because condoms fail if not used properly.

If your boyfriend has been storing his condoms in his wallet for the last few years just waiting for a chance to use them, they are probably expired. That’s right, condom boxes and packages have expiration dates! Or let’s say he has kept them in the glove box of his car, through the cold of winter and the heat of summer – the chances of them still being effective are pretty low. These conditions can make condoms fail.

So it is important that condoms be used before their expiration date. You also want to make sure the condom isn’t worn down from being carried around and that the package isn’t opened by something sharp – if you want it to work. It’s also important that the condom is the right size, you have proper lubrication, and there is room left at the tip to prevent breakage.

It is difficult enough to get him to use one, so make sure it is still in good working condition when he does. After all, why would you wear one just to have the condom fail?

If by some chance the condom breaks during sex, you need to stop immediately and use a new one. But there will still be questions in the back of your mind – What if I’m pregnant? What if he gave me an STI? Was I exposed long enough for either of these to happen?

When a condom breaks, there is always a chance that a pregnancy could occur or an STI could have been transferred.  Remember that many people who have an STI are not aware that they have one – so you can’t rely on symptoms to let you know if you’ve been exposed! A condom fail is a sign that you need to be tested – for pregnancy and an STI.

So, if you missed your period or have a positive pregnancy test, rather than sitting at home stressing about being pregnant and having an STI, click here or call to request your free appointment at Alcove Health. Located in Newport News, we provide a pregnancy test with each STI appointment and we offer STI testing with every pregnancy appointment. All of our services are provided for free – and yes, when we say free, we mean completely free. So stop worrying about your condom fail and get peace of mind. Request your confidential appointment today.

By Kinta, RN, BSN, Nurse Manager

June 8, 2022

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Pregnancy and Chlamydia

pregnancy and chlamydia
pregnancy and chlamydia

Pregnancy & Chlamydia

the most commonly reported nationally notifiable disease

Chlamydia is a bacterial sexually transmitted infection (STI) that affects both men and women. Chlamydia can also cause a number of issues during pregnancy and can be diagnosed by receiving a free STI/STD test. Doctors recommend that all pregnant women be screened for chlamydia at their first prenatal care appointment

Active chlamydia could be passed to the baby during delivery, causing serious eye or lung infections. The infection also puts you at higher risk for preterm delivery or low birth weight infants. This infection can be treated and cured by a course of oral antibiotics, safe for use in pregnancy. Doctors recommend additional screening for chlamydia in the third trimester, before delivery. Reinfection is common, and it is important to prevent transmission to the baby at birth. 

It is important to note that chlamydia also has implications for an abortion decision. Any infected cells in your vagina can travel up to your uterus before an abortion, so it is important to treat it ahead of time. An appointment with us at Alcove Health would be very valuable to you if you are considering an abortion. You should get checked and fully treated for all STI’s before you have any kind of abortion. 

Most people with chlamydia are unaware that they have the infection. Left untreated, it can cause serious complications including infertility and chronic pain. Chlamydia is fairly easy to treat if you know you have it — one course of antibiotics is usually enough; however, it is spread easily by having unprotected sex with an infected person.  Chlamydia continues to be the most commonly reported nationally notifiable disease. Many of the infection symptoms go unnoticed but could include vaginal discharge, pain during sex, irregular bleeding between cycles, or burning on urination.

That’s a lot of scary news, right? 

Good news is here at Alcove Health we now test for chlamydia at no cost to you, and we also offer a safe place to process your pregnancy decision. We are concerned about all of you and if a sexually transmitted infection is part of your story, we have resources to help you. Accurate information concerning your pregnancy and all the options available are just some of the services we provide, free of charge! Make an appointment today!

Facing an unplanned pregnancy? CALL or click HERE to make a no-cost appointment today.

By Meg, RN, BSN

April 1, 2021

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Let’s Talk About Sex

Young couple in bed having sex
Young couple in bed having sex

Let's Talk About Sex

It's Everywhere, Right?

We see it on TV, in magazines, there are even apps for it like Tinder and CasualX. So it’s what everyone does right?

Question. So if we all say “Yes” to sex before marriage does all the guilt, disappointment, diseases, and pregnancies that come with it, disappear? Nope!

So how does sex make YOU feel? Used? Confused? Angry? Lonely?

There is nothing wrong with you! Yes, there may be times you actually enjoy it but does it last? Does he last (erm, not just in the moment but long term)? MANY women feel like you, yet most are not honest, not even their friends.

A pep talk . . . As women, we want to feel cared for, loved, and accepted for us being us. Yet let’s be real, most guys just want sex. Not you, but “her”. There I said it.

Biology Lesson 101: Men are made to have a strong sex drive and yes, they think about it A LOT! But news flash – they don’t have to have sex with you because they want it, you have a choice.

You want a relationship, I know, yet sex happens. Phone calls stop, the conversation stops and before you know it, every time you are alone together, things go from zero to sex. Then the inevitable happens. You guys break up. Then you meet someone else and it happens all over again, he meets someone else and it happens all over again . . . see the pattern? Do you want to get off that hamster wheel?

You can.

Girls and Guys have conflicting goals. Ever heard that saying, “Men give love to get sex and women give sex to get love”? It’s true in most cases. Men come and go, but you are stuck with you. Who you are on the inside, your character, self-respect, hopes, and dreams; they all make you, YOU.

When you know who you are, then how you feel about yourself doesn’t depend on the guy you’re with. If you have had many partners, YOU CAN STILL START OVER!

That’s the Good News. Oh but wait, there’s more . . . YOUR FUTURE IS FROM THIS MOMENT FORWARD.

You CAN commit to saving yourself for that “special” someone, even marriage. How? I hear you ask, and who does that nowadays, isn’t that old fashioned? Nope. Just Say No to sex and say Yes to:

1. Recognizing that everyone in life makes mistakes, the mature person learns from those mistakes. You can change. Your heart can become whole again.

2. Freedom from unwanted pregnancies and STDs. If you’re having sex and think you may be pregnant, please contact Alcove Health Women’s Clinic for your free pregnancy test – we’ll also offer free STI/STD testing at the same time!

3. Figure out what makes YOU feel good, things that make you proud.

4. Understand that only you control your body. You owe no guy anything because he took you out. You are worth taking out simply because of who you are on the inside and not what you have to offer. Don’t be surprised if he calls you again to ask you back out – Guys like women who respect themselves and have a voice. Do it, girl! I got your back!

If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy and need help now, click here.

By Shantelle, Clinic Director

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The Pullout Method

A shocked young woman staring at a pregnancy test because she didn't think she could get pregnant using the pullout method as a form of birth control
A shocked young woman staring at a pregnancy test because she didn't think she could get pregnant using the pullout method as a form of birth control

The Pullout Method

1 in every 5 women get pregnant using the pullout method.​

Would you do something if you knew you had a 1 in 5 chance of dying? Well, 1 in every 5 women get pregnant using the pull-out method and when you get those 2 lines on your free pregnancy test, you may feel like your life is over!

Using the “pull out method” as a means of birth control requires a lot of self-control, and is not particularly effective. The precum fluid could contain sperm and the “pullout” has to be timed perfectly; which in the heat of the moment is not always the first thing on either of your minds.

The pull-out method also does not protect either of you from sexually transmitted diseases.

The “long” and the “short” of it girls is that it is YOUR responsibility to make sure YOU don’t get pregnant, or anything else. Girl, I know you want to please him, BUT it’s YOUR body, YOUR choice so it’s okay to say NO!

Facing an unplanned pregnancy? Click here to make a no-cost appointment today.

By Kinta, RN, BSN

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