Known as Condom, vaginal condom
Medical names Female condom, Femidom® (brand)
Effectiveness 79% - 95%
It lasts 1 single use, needs to be replaced every time you have sex
Fertility No contraceptive effect when condom is removed
Who can use it? People with a vagina and uterus of any age from menarche to menopause
Hormones Does not contain hormonal medication
Visibility Visible during sex
STIs Protects you and your sexual partners from most Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI’s).  Not all STI’s are transmitted though body fluids i.e. herpes & HPV. Condoms don’t protect against these
Side effects None
Cost $2—$9 per condom
Where to get it Visit a reproductive and sexual health clinic or purchase at a pharmacy, or online


Internal Condom

Internal condoms are a thin plastic
skin placed inside the vagina prior to having sex.





Internal Condom

How does it work?

Condoms work as a physical barrier between bodily fluids. Sperm is released into the condom so it doesn’t touch the vulva, vagina or cervix. This prevents pregnancy. 

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) are transmitted through bodily fluids. Internal condoms can prevent STIs during vaginal sex. Internal condoms can only be used once. 


What’s it like to use?

Internal condoms are packaged individually. Each one needs to be opened carefully to avoid breakage. Condoms should only be used before the expiry date listed on the packet. It will feel slippery from the lubricant. 

Internal condoms are inserted inside the vagina. They are only one size and will fit all vaginas. The internal condom sold in Australia is a long, polyurethene pouch which you put in the vagina before sex. It has two flexible rings at each end - the inner and outer ring. The inner ring is closed and is inserted into the vagina. The outer ring is open, and stays outside the vagina resting against the labia. The internal condom should only be used once.  

Oil or water based lube can be used inside the internal condom. They can be inserted prior to sexual activity starting, and do not require a penis to be fully erect. 

It can make a slight rustling noise during sex. After sex, you need to wrap it in a tissue and put it in the bin. 

Internal condoms should not be used at the same time as external condoms, as using both can create friction, causing them to break. 


What if I forget about it?

Consider keeping a stack of internal condoms in an accessible place and taking some with you when you travel. 

If you have had unprotected penis in vagina (PIV) sex, you may need to consider emergency contraception and an STI check. 


Who can use it?

People with a vagina and uterus of any age, from the first period to menopause. 

Side effects

If condoms are the only contraceptive method being used, keep in mind that their effectiveness is lower than other contraceptive options. Consider using condoms to prevent STIs during penetrative sex, plus a more effective contraceptive method to prevent pregnancy. 

Make sure you are prepared and confident to use a condom safely.  

If at any point you feel that this contraceptive method is making you feel uncomfortable or unwell get advice from a doctor or medical professional. If it is an emergency, call an ambulance on 000. 


How and where to get it

To buy a condom you can be of any age and any gender. You don’t need a prescription. Internal condoms can be purchased from some pharmacies, from reproductive and sexual health clinics and online. 

The cost for each condom is between $2 and $9. 


What if you change your mind

Try another contraceptive method. Visit a reproductive and sexual health clinic or your local doctor to discuss your contraceptive options. 


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