Tips to avoid contraceptive accidents

Contraceptive accidents can happen to anyone. Here are some tips to help you:

  • Be prepared. Carry condoms or keep your sponge, diaphragm or cap with you
  • Don’t use oil based lubricants with latex condoms, as they can weaken them so they split
  • Be careful when taking condoms out of the packet, especially around nails and jewellery
  • Store condoms correctly so they don’t get too hot or damaged
  • Ensure that condoms are not past their use by date
  • Use pill manufacturers’ apps, or use the reminder or calendar function on your mobile telephone, to set up daily alerts to remind you to take your contraceptive pill
  • Ensure you follow the correct guidance if you miss a contraceptive pill. See your pill pack leaflet
  • Sign up to telephone or SMS alerts provided free by some contraceptive manufacturers
  • Set up a mobile reminder to take out and reinsert your vaginal ring
  • Set up a weekly mobile reminder to change your contraceptive patch
  • Set up a mobile reminder to have your next contraceptive injection
  • Don’t assume you will remember. Don’t take a chance