Sometimes things just don’t go to plan
There are several reasons as to why a condom can fail to prevent pregnancy such as:
- Not using it correctly
- Not using it everytime you have sex
- It breaks during sex
- Manufacturing error
- An expired condom
There are still steps that you can take to reduce the risk of becoming pregnant if you find a tear in the condom.
Emergency Contraception: Copper Coil
The copper coil (IUD) is a hormone-free option that can also be used as a long-acting contraception. If fitted within 5 days after unprotected sex, it should prevent pregnancy and can be kept for contraception for up to 10 years depending on the IUD type.
Emergency Contraception: Pill
The 'morning after pill', as it is known, is a tablet that is ideally taken as soon as you realise that you had unprotected sex, but it can be taken up to 3-5 days depending on the type of pill that you take as regular contraception. It isn't designed to be taken as a regular contraception.
Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI)
Condoms are designed to prevent pregnancy and protect against STIs, so in the event of a broken condom it's a good idea for you and your partner to get tested.
NEED ADVICE? SPEAK TO YOUR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL
Speak to a healthcare professional for advice and support on your contraceptive needs.