What is an internal condom?
Internal condoms — also called “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, internal condoms go inside your vagina for pregnancy prevention or into the vagina or anus for protection from STDs. For a long time they were called “female condoms.” However, people of any gender can use them for vaginal or anal sex.
How do internal condoms work?
Internal condoms — also called “female” condoms — 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 internal condom also helps prevent sexually transmitted infections.
Do internal condoms protect against STDs?
Yes! Internal condoms aren’t just birth control — they also reduce the risk of sexually transmitted infections.
Internal 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.
Internal condoms offer convenience and control.
Internal 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 internal condom fans love that there’s a condom they can control. Internal 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.