What to do if a condom breaks
If the condom has broken or slipped off, you should:
- stop the service immediately
- follow the advice below depending on the service
- seek PEP services if there is a risk for HIV transmission
- go for an STI check after seven days - or earlier if symptoms develop.
A woman having vaginal sex should:
- urinate to clear your urethra
- remove excess semen by squatting down and squeezing with your vaginal muscles
- wash the outside of your genitals by splashing them with plain water
- do not douche or wash inside your vagina because this can push any sperm and bacteria into the cervix which is more likely to result in a pregnancy or STI. Douching also alters the useful bacteria that protects your vagina from infection
- get emergency contraception - such as the morning after pill—if no other contraception is being used. Emergency contraception is available over the counter at the chemist, or contact your Sexual Health Clinic or doctor
- have an STI check up. Some genital infections such as chlamydia and gonorrhoea can be tested for within a week. Others such as HIV, hepatitis B and syphilis can usually be done at your next regular check-up.
A person receiving anal sex (Greek) should:
- sit on the toilet and bear down to remove as much semen as possible
- not douche because this can push the semen further in, create tears in the anus and increase the likelihood of STI transmission including HIV.
A person giving anal sex should:
- wash the genital area thoroughly, particularly under the foreskin
A person giving oral sex (giving head) should:
- spit out any semen quickly, or swallow it immediately. Do not let it stay in your mouth
- rinse and spit using water
- not brush or floss the teeth or eat for at least one hour after the service.
A man receiving oral sex should:
- urinate immediately and wash the penis thoroughly, particularly under the foreskin.
If a condom breaks during non-penetrative sex a person should:
- use warm soapy water to wash any area the penis has touched or where there is sperm.