Both male and female condoms, are the only methods of contraception that prevent STIs.

  • A polyurethane pouch you insert into the vagina to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmissible infections
  • Safe and effective
  • Easy to get without prescription
  • Must be used for every sexual encounter

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How do condoms work?

Condoms prevent the sperm and egg meeting by providing a physical barrier between them. They also stop body fluids from passing between sexual partners.

How effective are female condoms?

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.

What are the advantages of female condoms?

  • Help protect women and men against sexually transmissible infections (STIs)
  • Regular condom use reduces the risk of STIs.
  • They can be used with any kind of lubricant, including oil-based lubricants.
  • The polyurethane condom allows for heat transmission, which may make sex more enjoyable.
  • They can be inserted prior to sexual activity.
  • The size and shape allow for protection of more area around the vagina.
  • The penis does not have to be withdrawn immediately after intercourse.

What are the disadvantages of female condoms?

  • Takes some practice to use correctly
  • Suitable for vaginal sex only, not anal sex
  • More expensive than a male condom
  • Not as widely available as the male condom

What if a condom breaks or slips?

Emergency contraception can be used to prevent pregnancy and it is a good idea to have a sexual health check-up for STIs.

Are condoms right for everyone?

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.