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Using condoms to protect yourself

​​Where you can get free condoms

Free condoms are available to everyone from:

Both male and female condoms (femidoms) are available. You can also buy condoms from pharmacies.

How safe condoms are 

If used correctly, condoms are 97% effective in stopping infection and pregnancy. All condoms distributed by the services mentioned on this page are safe to use.  

Some condoms bought in toilet dispensing machines and from the internet are not safe to use.  When using condoms, you should always check:

  • the expiry date on the packet (an out of date condom is not safe as it can break during intercourse) 
  • the CE mark (this shows the condom has been tested and is safe to use by European standards) 
  • for any cuts, holes or tears in the packet. If the condom packet is damaged in any way, don't use the condom as it may also be damaged and break 
  • the overall look of the packet. If the foil packet looks worn and battered, don't use it. The condom may have been in someone’s pocket or wallet and exposed to heat and friction. This would have damaged the condom inside.

If a condom breaks

If a condom breaks during sex, it can be worrying for both people. If you are a woman you also need to consider the risk of pregnancy. You can take emergency contraception up to 120 hours after sex.

The best thing you can do is go to the Contraception Centre for advice.   

If you're worried about sexual infections, contact the GUM (sexual health) clinic.

The Contraception Centre provide emergency contraception. Brook Jersey provide a free service for ages 21 and under. You need to make an appointment to go to the Contraception Centre.  

You can buy emergency contraception at your local pharmacy. It costs around £25 and you must be over 16. Or, you may be able to have an IUD (otherwise known as ‘the coil’) fitted up to five days after sex. Your chances of preventing pregnancy with these methods decrease with time, so it’s important to get to the service as soon as possible.

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