the female condom

THE FEMALE CONDOM

A twist on a classic.

ONE SIZE FITS ALL

the female condom

The female condom works in much the same way as the male condom – the main difference is who’s wearing it. While a male condom is rolled over the erect penis, the female condom is slipped inside the vagina where it creates a thin, yet lubricated, polyurethane barrier that stops sperm from reaching the cervix. It also protects against STIs, and requires no hormones or additional contraceptive methods to work.

 

Like all condoms, you need to use a new one each time you have sex. The female condom has a ring at the closed end, which keeps it in place inside the vagina. To put the condom in, simply squeeze that flexible ring and insert the condom as you would insert a tampon. Push it in as far as you can – the closed end should cover the cervix and the open end should hang a couple of centimeters outside your vagina. After you've had sex, carefully grab the open end, twist to close it, and carefully remove the condom without spilling anything. Then simply throw it away and make sure you have a new condom for the next time.

 

As this is a non-hormonal method, there should be no effect on your fertility.

HOW IT MEASURES UP

Typical use means how well the method works in real life and perfect use means how well a method works under 'perfect' or ideal conditions for example when there is no user error at any time.

EFFICACY WITH PERFECT USE

Female condoms are self-administered and bought over the counter. When inserted perfectly every time they are effective, even more so when used with spermicides.

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EFFICACY WITH TYPICAL USE

Female condoms are self-administered and bought over the counter. Using them takes some practice and care, and we all make mistakes. Its efficacy is dependent on how it is used, and as such it is less effective with typical use.

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Hormones

No. The female condom is hormone-free.

Ease of Use

The female condom needs to be inserted in the vagina up to 24 hours prior to intercourse, and must be left in place for at least 6 hours afterwards. A new one must be used each time you have sex.

Your Period

The female condom has no impact on menstruation.

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Report possible side effects

If you want to report a side effect of medication, please contact your doctor, nurse or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed in your contraception package leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the MHRA Yellow Card Scheme at https://yellowcard.mhra.gov.uk/ or search MHRA Yellow Card in Google Play or Apple App Store.
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