Condom (Female)

What is it?

The female condom is a thin, but very strong pouch, inserted into the vagina or the anus and can be used by both men and women for safe vaginal and anal sex. It blocks sperm from reaching the egg to prevent pregnancy, and also protects against STDs and HIV. This type of condom is disposable and should be carefully removed and thrown away after use.

Pros:

  • They help prevent STDs, including HIV.
  • They are easy to find. They are sold in many places; at supermarkets, drugstores, local clinics, and in restroom vending machines.
  • They are easy to carry around, and can be inserted up to 8 hours before having sex.

Cons:

  • May cause irritation of the vagina, penis or anus.
  • May reduce feeling during intercourse or slip inside the vagina or anus.
  • Can be noisy. Using extra lubricant can help.

Who uses female condoms?

People who want STD protection as much as they want pregnancy prevention, or who want to use a condom but are allergic to latex.

How do you use female condoms?

The female condom can be inserted into the vagina or anus before having sex. It is a tube-shaped condom with a flexible ring on each end. The inner ring at the closed end is used to insert the condom inside the vagina or anus and to hold it in place during sex. The outer ring at the open end of the sheath remains outside the vagina or anus. The penis is inserted into the open end of the condom. Do not use this condom at the same time as a male condom because the friction from the two materials rubbing together can cause them to break.

Where do you get female condoms?

You can buy condoms at most drugstores and supermarkets, and many clinics give them away free of charge. You do not need a prescription to buy condoms, and you do not need ID. People of all ages can easily buy condoms. 

How effective are female condoms?

The female condom is 79% effective for pregnancy protection. 

Do female condoms offer STD protection?

Yes. Condoms are the best way to prevent STDs and HIV and can be used with other BC methods to protect against pregnancy and STDs.