What is Stealthing?
Stealthing is the non-consensual act of removing a condom during sex. One partner stealthily removes the condom without the other noticing. Another form of stealthing is putting holes in the condoms to attempt non-consensual pregnancy. Stealthing is against the law and is defined as rape or sexual assault. Removing condoms during sexual intercourse increases the risks of unwanted pregnancy, transmission of sexually transmitted infections and diseases (STIs), and it can cause emotional and psychological distress to those affected.
Ways to Prevent and Intervene:
- Bring your own condoms: This ensures that there are no punctures in the condom and that it is trustworthy
- Check throughout intercourse to ensure the condom is on the whole time
- Use a condom that you can feel
- Have your partner finish outside of your body: This will allow for the chances of pregnancy and STI transmission to be lower.
If a case of stealthing happens to you, it is important to see a doctor or nurse practitioner to test for Sexually Transmitted Infections as well as to follow-up to assess for pregnancy.
Resources and Sources of Information
Learn how to use a condom.
Teen Health Source – What’s the Deal with Stealthing?
Love Panky – What is Stealth Sex.
National Network to End Domestic Violence - Stealthing Violates Consent.