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What Should I Do if a Condom Breaks?

Medically reviewed by: Amy W. Anzilotti, MD

What's the best thing to do if the condom breaks during sex?

Many times, a couple won't notice that a condom broke until after sex. But if you know that the condom has broken during sex, stop right away and use a new condom.

If the condom breaks:

  • If you're concerned about pregnancy, call your doctor, , or health clinic right away to ask about emergency contraception. Teens who are over 15 can buy emergency contraception pills (morning-after pills) over the counter at a drugstore. Emergency contraception is most effective when taken as soon as possible after intercourse, but can be taken up to 5 days after unprotected sex.
  • It's a good idea for you and your partner to be tested for STDs. People are often unaware that they have an STD. But an infection that isn't treated could cause serious problems.

To prevent condoms from breaking, keep them away from heat and light, don't carry them in a wallet, don't open them with anything sharp (like scissors or teeth), and avoid using oils or lotions on them. The material used to make condoms can weaken over time, so check the expiration date and don't use one that has expired.

Medically reviewed by: Amy W. Anzilotti, MD
Date reviewed: October 2018