A female condom is:
- 98% effective when you use the method correctly every time
- 82% effective when you don’t always use the method correctly
What is it?
A female condom is a barrier method that a woman can use to help prevent pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections, including HIV.
How does it work?
A female condom is a thin plastic pouch (similar looking to male condoms).
You put a female condom carefully in your vagina and it will create a barrier that stops sperm from entering your vagina during sex.
- Can be put in before sex.
- Does not require a prescription.
- Can be used with other methods of contraception for safer sex and to prevent unplanned pregnancy and STIs. This is referred to as ‘Double Dutch’.
- When used correctly, the female condom helps to protect both partners from sexually transmitted infections, including HIV.
- No medical side-effects.
- Inserting the female condom so that it works properly takes practice.
- May slip during sex.
- Can be pushed aside.
- They can be expensive to buy.