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Female-internal condom

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.