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.

What next?

Stay calm, there are still contraceptive options available to you.
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BROKEN 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.

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Report possible side effects

If you want to report a side effect of medication, please contact your doctor, nurse or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed in your contraception package leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the MHRA Yellow Card Scheme at https://yellowcard.mhra.gov.uk/ or search MHRA Yellow Card in Google Play or Apple App Store.
By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of medicines.