Birth Control Guide - Female Condom

What is a female condom?

A female condom is a lubricated pouch made of a thin plastic. It has a thin, flexible ring at each end.
Birth Control Guide - Female Condom


How is the female condom used?

Like a male condom, the female condom prevents pregnancy by stopping sperm from reaching the egg. The closed end of the condom is put into the vagina and held in place by the inside ring. The open outside ring rests on the outside of the vagina.


How well does the female condom work?

Female condoms can work well if used correctly. For more information talk to your health care provider. You must use a NEW condom each time you have sex. Both the male and female condoms are the only forms of birth control that can protect you from sexually transmitted infections.


Does the use of female condom have any side effects?

If you are allergic to latex, you can use the female condom because it is made of a thin plastic called polyurethane.


Will the female condom affect our sex life?

Using the female condom takes practice. You might need to help your partner put his penis into the condom. You might need to put extra lubricant inside the condom or on the man’s penis. This will make it more comfortable for both partners.

How can I get female condoms?


Female condoms are sold in drugstores. You do not need to have a prescription.
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