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Safer Sex

What To Do If
Your Condom Breaks 

 

First, don’t panic. Calmly consider taking the following steps, adapted from recommendations of the UK health service, Open Doors:

If You Were Having
VAGINAL SEX

  • Pee immediately to flush away any sperm that may be near your urethra.
  • Squeeze with your vaginal muscles to remove excess sperm while on the toilet.
  • Wash the outside of your genitals while still on the toilet by splashing with water or pouring a bottle of lukewarm water over them.
  • Do not douche or wash inside the vagina because this can push any sperm and bacteria high into your vagina, which is more likely to result in a pregnancy or Sexually Transmitted Disease.

You may need to get emergency contraception within the first 72 hours after a condom breaks if you are not using any other form. Have a sexual health check-up within two weeks after the condom breaks or sooner if you have any symptoms or concerns.

If You Were Receiving
ANAL SEX

  • Sit on the toilet and bear down to remove as much sperm as possible.
  • Do not douche or wash inside your anus because this can create tears and increase the likelihood of STD transmission.
  • Have a sexual health check-up within two weeks after the condom breaks or sooner if you have any symptoms or concerns.

If You Were Giving
ORAL SEX:

  • Spit out any semen quickly or swallow it immediately—do not let it stay in your mouth.
  • Rinse and spit using water.
  • Do not brush or floss your teeth for at least one hour.
  • Have a sexual health check-up including throat swabs within two weeks after the condom breaks or sooner if you have any symptoms or concerns.