Female Condom

What is a Female Condom?

The female condom consists of a lubricated polyurethane sheath shaped somewhat like the male condom. The closed end has a flexible ring that you insert into the vagina with the open end left on the outside. It is available over the counter at pharmacies.

How Does It Work?

The female condom prevents semen from getting into the vagina by creating a barrier between the semen and the vagina.

How Effective is a Female Condom?

The female condom like the male condom is intended for one time use only. Used perfectly and consistently it has a failure rate of 5%. This means that out of 100 women using the female condom correctly for one year, 5 will become pregnant. The female condom also helps protect against STIs and HIV.