There is a chance that a condom will split if it is not lubricated enough. If it does, you are advised to ask your chemist for the morning-after pill as soon as possible (less than 72 hours after intercourse) to avoid the risk of unwanted pregnancy. You should also continue to use barrier contraception (condoms) during intercourse for the next 7 days after the condom has split. If there is a danger of catching the Aids virus or any other sexually transmitted infection (hepatitis B or C, Chlamydia, genital herpes, etc), you can contact the SIDA INFO SERVICES helpline on 0800 840800 or a hospital emergency department for information about preventive treatment. You can also see your GP or visit a family planning centre to check whether you have been infected and/or they will prescribe an effective additional contraceptive that you can use together with a condom.

If you find a split condom or if one splits in use, it is also important that you tell the retailer who sold it to you or the manufacturer shown on the packaging. Remember to include the batch number and expiry date of the condom as well as a brief description of what happened.