The female condom is a sheath of thin, transparent and soft plastic (polyurethane) that is designed to fit into the woman’s vagina. It is placed in the vagina before sexual intercourse.
It protects against pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) including HIV.
How it is used?
Some time before sex, the woman or her partner places the closed end of the sheath in her vagina. The closed end contains a flexible removable ring to help with the insertion. A larger flexible ring around the open end of the sheath stays outside the vagina.
- Controlled by the woman
- Prevents pregnancy and protects against STIs including HIV
- No medical conditions limit use
- No apparent side effects or allergic reactions
- Can be used during menstruation
- Can be worn up to eight hours before sex
- More expensive than the male condom
- Usually needs partner support