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 chec-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 chec-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 chec-up including throat swabs within two weeks after the condom breaks or sooner if you have any symptoms or concerns.