What's the best thing to do if the condom breaks during sex? – Meagan* 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, nurse practitioner , 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. To find out who can provide or prescribe ECPs in your area, visit the The Association of Reproductive Health Professionals website. 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 if an infection isn't treated, it 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. *Names have been changed to protect user privacy. Back to Articles Related Articles About Birth Control Before you consider having sex, you need to know how to protect yourself. Read this article to get the basics on birth control. Read More Birth Control Methods: How Well Do They Work? Some birth control methods work better than others. This chart compares how well different birth control methods work. Read More Emergency Contraception Emergency contraception is a way to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex; for example, if a condom breaks or slips off during sex. It is also available to teens who are forced to have unprotected sex. Read More Condoms Condoms may be a good birth control option for couples who are responsible enough to use one each time and people who want protection against STDs. Read More STDs (Sexually Transmitted Diseases) You've probably heard lots of discouraging news about sexually transmitted diseases. The good news is that STDs can be prevented. Find out how to protect yourself. Read More How Can Condoms Break? Find out what the experts have to say. Read More Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor. © 1995-2021 KidsHealth®. All rights reserved. Images provided by The Nemours Foundation, iStock, Getty Images, Veer, Shutterstock, and Clipart.com.