How effective is it?
The Female Condom is 95% effective if used according to instructions. Five women in 100 will get pregnant in a year.
How does it work?
The Female Condom is a soft, thin polyurethane sheath that loosely lines the vagina, covering the area just outside, and stopping sperm from entering the vagina.
What are the advantages?
The female condom can be put in any time before sex.
It can help protect both partners from some sexually transmitted infections, including HIV.
Oil based products can be used with female condoms.
There are no medical side-effects.
Additional spermicide is not needed or recommended
What are the disadvantages?
Putting the Female Condom in can interrupt sex.
You will need to make sure that the man’s penis enters the condom and does not go between the vagina and the condom.
The Female Condom may get pushed into the vagina.
The Female Condom is not as widely available as male condoms.
Anything else I should know?
You must use a new condom each time and follow the instructions carefully.
The Female Condom is sold in some pharmacies and is free at some sexual health clinics.
How do I use a female condom?
To insert the condom squeeze the inner ring so that you can push the condom into your vagina as far as it will go. Be careful that your fingernails or jewellery do not damage the condom.
Always check that the condom is in date and that there is a CE mark or Kitemark on the condom as this shows that the condom has been properly tested and is safe to use.
Be careful not to tear the condom with sharp fingernails or jewellery when you are opening it.
Put the condom in before you have sex.
The outer ring stays outside of your vagina.
The condom will line the inside of your vagina. It is important that you guide the man’s penis into that condom. You must make sure that his penis goes inside the condom.
Hold the outer ring while you are guiding the man’s penis into the condom to stop the whole condom being accidentally pushed inside your vagina.
To remove the condom twist the outer ring to prevent the man’s sperm from leaking out. Gently pull the condom out of your vagina and throw away in a bin. Female condoms should not be flushed down the toilet.