When contraception goes wrong

When contraception goes wrong

Sometimes contraception can fail, like when you forget to take the pill on time, or the condom splits when you have sex. It can happen to anyone, so don't panic. The important thing is that you know what to do or where to go to get help. That way you don't put yourself or others at risk.

Have a look at the Q&A below for advice. If your question is not answered you can call national sexual health helpline on 0300 123 7123 for free, confidential advice.

Condom split

If the condom splits you are at risk of getting STIs and also pregnancy. Young women should take emergency hormonal contraception to prevent pregnancy. Remember you can still get pregnant even if the guy has 'pulled out' or 'withdrawn'. Both of you should get tested for STIs. You can read more about visiting a clinic here

If you forget to take your pill as you normally would

If you've forgotten to take your pill, you've been sick or had diarrhoea, you might not be fully protected against pregnancy. The chance of getting pregnant depends on how many pills you've forgotten and also when you missed them.

If you still have the instructions (the paper inside the box) for your pills, the best thing is to have a look at these to see what they say. Different brands can have different instructions so read them carefully.

If you've missed a pill or you're worried your contraception may not work, for any reason, you should go to see a Pharmacist or call  national sexual health helpline on 0300 123 7123.  It might be that you have to take Emergency Hormonal Contraception.