Before stopping your birth control

It can take longer than you expect to become pregnant, or it may happen almost immediately.

If this is not what you want, consider using a reversible form of contraception. For example, condoms, until you feel ready to have a baby.

Sexual health check

You should consider getting a sexual health check before you stop using condoms in the following situations:

Other sexual partners

You should get a check if you or your partner are not in a monogamous relationship. This is where either one of you are having sex with other people.

Risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs)

You or your partner may be at risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Symptoms of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) include:

  • blistering or lumps on your genitals
  • discharge from the vagina or the tip of the penis

You may not have any symptoms, or the symptoms can be easy to miss. Even when you don't notice any symptoms, you can still pass an STI to a sexual partner.

The only way to really know if you have an STI is to be tested. Your partner should also get tested.

Where to get a sexual health check

You can get a sexual health check from your GP or a sexual health clinic.

Page last reviewed: 29 March 2019
Next review due: 29 March 2022