Female condom

What the packet says

What is the Female condom?

What's it made of?

Female condoms are soft thin plastic pouches that are made of a thin, strong plastic called polyurethane, or a substance called nitrile.

How the Female condom works

Female condoms are worn inside the vagina during sexual intercourse. They prevent pregnancy by stopping sperm getting to the womb and fertilising an egg.

Female condom side effects

Frequency

  • During intercourse
  • Daily
  • Monthly
  • 1 - 3 Months
  • 1 - 3 Years
  • 3 - 5 Years
  • Permanent
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    Typical effectiveness

    79

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    Contains hormones

    No

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    Reviews

    4/5
    26/04/2021
    Female condom
    Tried it a couple times with different partners. Mixed reactions. I practiced inserting prior to anything, so it was eas...
    1/5
    12/05/2020
    Female condom
    Used it once – it came off inside me within 5 minutes and I didn’t realise so ended up having completely unp...

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    How to get started with female condoms

    • The trusty condom is the only type of contraception that stops pregnancy and protects against STI’s, and you only need to use them when you have sex – so no need for advanced preparation or doctors appointments.
    • You may find female condoms slightly harder to get hold of than male condoms. You can either buy them online or from shops and pharmacies, or in the UK you can get free condoms from contraception clinics, sexual health clinics and some GP surgeries.
    • It may sound obvious, but you need to use a different female condom every time you have sex and use one at a time.
    • To use a female condom, open the condom out of the packet, making sure you don’t tear it with your nails or jewellery.
    • Squeeze the smaller ring at the closed end of the condom and put it inside your vagina. Use your fingers to push the inner ring as far back into your vagina as you can, and then, with your fingers inside the condom, open the large ring at the open end of the condom. It should be outside of the opening of the vagina.
    • When having sex, make sure the penis goes inside the condom not outside. Guide it in whilst holding the outer ring in place. It’s loose fitting and is meant to move whilst you have sex.
    • After sex, remove the female condom immediately by gently pulling it out – twisting the large ring stops semen from leaking as you do this.
    • Don’t throw female condoms away in the toilet. Think of Blue Planet and put it in the bin.

    How to stop using a female condom

    • Stopping using female condoms is easy, you just don’t use one when you have sex.
    • Check out our survey results to learn about other users’ experiences with the female condom.

    Things that can go wrong

    • The most common thing that can go wrong with a female condom is that the penis enters the vagina outside the condom by mistake, or the condom slips out or gets pushed into the vagina during sex. If this happens, you may need to use emergency contraception.  
    • Quite a lot of things can stop female condoms from being effective – these include:
      • If a penis touches the vaginal area before the condom is inserted Make sure you don’t get ahead of yourself– sperm can come out of the penis before a man has ejaculated
      • Condoms being past their use by date – don’t use them if they’re out of date
      • Condoms stored in intense heat or cold
      • Condoms used with oil based products or lubricant (like moisturiser, lotion, Vaseline)
      • Condoms used with medication for things like thrush (pessaries etc).

     

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