Female condoms are made from thin, soft plastic called polyurethane (some male condoms are made from this too). Female condoms are worn inside the vagina to prevent semen getting to the womb. When used correctly during vaginal sex, they help to protect against pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Condoms are the only contraception that protects against pregnancy and STIs. Currently, there is only one brand of female condom available in the UK, called Femidom. Female condoms are not as widely available as male condoms and are more expensive to buy.
- Protects against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) as well as pregnancy.
- No side effects.
- Only need to use it when you have sex.
- Putting it in can interrupt sex.
- Can slip if not used properly.
- Not always available at contraceptive health clinics and expensive to buy.
How effective is it?
If it is used properly the female condom is 95% effective, which means that 5 in every 100 women who use female condoms will get pregnant each year. However, with typical use, female condoms are only 79% effective.
What makes it less effective?
- If it slips or gets pushed out of place.
- If it is not put in properly.
For more information visit the FPA website.