Sometimes things just don’t go to plan
A broken condom is something many of us experience, through user error or a defect in the condom itself. Although it's disappointing this well-known and widely used barrier method failed you, there are still steps you can take to prevent a tear in the rubber from becoming a pregnancy.
Emergency Contraception: Pill
The 'morning after pill', as it is known, is a tablet containing hormones that is ideally taken within 24 hours after a condom breaks. It will prevent pregnancy, but it isn't designed to be taken regularly.
Emergency Contraception: Copper Coil
The copper coil (IUD) is a hormone-free option that can also be used as a long-acting contraception. If inserted within 5 days after the condom broke, it will prevent pregnancy now and can be worn for up to 5 to 10 years.
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.
ALTERNATIVE CONTRACEPTION METHODS
If your condom breaking has got you thinking about other methods of contraception, these are worth considering:
A small, flexible T-shaped plastic frame that releases low levels of hormones. It is placed in your womb by a doctor.
A small, T-shaped plastic frame with a copper wire that is placed in your womb by a doctor.
A small, flexible silicone rod that releases hormones. It is placed under the skin of your upper arm by a doctor.
A shot containing progestin that is effective for up to three months. It is administered by a doctor.
NEED ADVICE? SPEAK TO YOUR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL
Seek out an appointment with your doctor or nurse for further support that is specific to you and your lifestyle.