Female condom

Providing both pregnancy and STI prevention

A short-acting method of contraception

The female condom is a barrier contraception method for preventing pregnancy and STIs.

The female condom consists of a thin plastic and loose fitting sheath that the woman places into and around the entrance of her vagina. It only needs to be used when you have sex. The female condom acts as a barrier to stop the man’s sperm travelling into the woman and fertilising the egg.

When used correctly, condoms are highly effective. Condoms are also the only contraceptive method that protect against both pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV and syphilis.

Frequently asked questions about female condoms

What are the advantages of female condom?

The female condom can offer several advantages as a method of contraception.

  • A female condom can be inserted any time before sex
  • They help to protect both partners from some sexually transmitted infections, including HIV
  • There are no serious side-effects from using condoms.

Is the female condom the best option for me?

When deciding if the female condom is right for you, here are a few quick facts you should consider:

  • When using a female condom, you need to make sure the penis is in the condom and not between the condom and vagina and that the open end of the condom stays outside the vagina.
  • Female condoms can slip out or get pushed into the vagina.

How to use a female condom?

There are several types of female condoms available.

Generally they come with an inner and outer ring. The inner ring is squeezed together and inserted into the vagina while the woman is in a squatting or lying position with her legs spread.  The longest finger should then be used to push the ring as far into the vagina as possible. Some of the condom will hang and be visible outside of the vagina. 

Before sex, hold the edges of the condom against the outside of your opening when the man enters to ensure the condom does not get pushed inside during the sex act. Also make sure that the penis is inside the condom and not between the condom and the vaginal wall. After sex, pull the condom out carefully to avoid anything spilling out. Tie the end of the condom and dispose of it in a rubbish bin.

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