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Both male and female condoms, are the only methods of contraception that prevent STIs.
Condoms prevent the sperm and egg meeting by providing a physical barrier between them. They also stop body fluids from passing between sexual partners.
When used correctly, the female condom can be up to 95% effective as a contraceptive method. If not used correctly and consistently, the failure rate will be much higher.
Emergency contraception can be used to prevent pregnancy and it is a good idea to have a sexual health check-up for STIs.
The female condom is suitable for most people. It can be used if either partner is sensitive or allergic to the latex in male condoms.