Tips to avoid contraceptive mishaps

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

  • Be prepared. Carry condoms, diaphragm, or cap with you
  • 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, or insert your vaginal ring at the right time
  • 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, taking special care around long finger 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
  • Ensure you follow the correct guidance if you miss a contraceptive pill. See your pill pack leaflet for more information
  • 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