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Female Condom

Female Condoms at a Glance

  • A pouch inserted into the vagina to prevent pregnancy
  • Reduces the risk of sexually transmitted infection
  • Can be used for vaginal and anal intercourse
  • Safe, effective, and convenient
  • Easy to get
  • Cost about $4 each or about $6 for a 3 pack

Female CondomAre Female Condoms Right for Me?

There are two main kinds of condoms — female condoms and latex condoms. Here are some of the most common questions we hear women ask about female condoms. 

What is a female condom?

Female condoms are an alternative to regular condoms. They provide pretty much the same great protection from pregnancy and STDs. What's different about them? Instead of going on the penis, female condoms go inside your vagina for pregnancy prevention or into the vagina or anus for protection from STDs. They're sometimes called internal condoms or referred to by their brand name, FC2 Female Condom®.
 

How do female condoms work?

Female condoms — also called internal condoms or the brand name FC2 Female Condom® — are little nitrile (soft plastic) pouches that you put inside your vagina. They cover the inside of your vagina, creating a barrier that stops sperm from reaching an egg. If sperm can't get to an egg, you can't get pregnant. The female condom also helps prevent sexually transmitted infections.
 

Do female condoms protect against STDs?

Yes! Female condoms aren't just birth control — they also reduce the risk of sexually transmitted infections.

Female condoms help prevent STDs by covering the inside of your anus, vagina, and some parts of your vulva. This decreases your chance of coming in contact with semen (cum), pre-cum, or skin that can spread STDs.
 

Female condoms offer convenience and control.

Female condoms are becoming easier to find online, in stores, and at family planning centers. And you don't need a prescription or an ID to buy them. They're a small, discreet, and portable way to get big protection from pregnancy and STDs.

Since all the other condoms out there are worn on a penis, many female condom fans love that there's a condom they can control. Female condoms let you take charge of your sexual health. Even if your partner doesn't want to wear a condom, you can still protect yourself.

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