Avoid the need for emergency contraception with these top tips

Tips to avoid contraceptive mishaps

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

  • 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 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.