What is an internal condom?

Female condoms are also known as internal condoms. Internal condoms are an easy way to prevent pregnancy.  They even provide more protection against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) than male condoms.

What is a female/internal condom?

The internal condom is made out of plastic. This is great for people who are allergic to latex! The condom can be inserted in the vagina up to 8 hours before sex. Water or oil lubes are safe to use with this method. Do not use the internal condom and male condom at the same time. This is because they will tear one another when used together.

How do I use an internal condom?

  1. Keep your internal condoms in a cool, dark place (Not a wallet or in a car).
  2. Before using one, make sure your internal condom hasn’t expired.
  3. Gently tear the wrapper open with your fingers. Don’t use a sharp object like scissors.
  4. Squeeze the inner ring from the outside, and put it into your vagina.
  5. Push ring to rest on the cervix (top of the vagina). The outside ring should be on the vulva (outside area of the vagina).
  6. Guide penis into condom for sex.
  7. When finished, twist and then pull the outer ring of the condom to remove it.
  8. Throw the condom away after use. Don’t use internal condoms more than once.

What do internal condoms protect against?

Internal condoms are a cheap and easy birth control.  Condoms protect you from pregnancy and STDs. Condoms prevent body fluid contact. Semen and vaginal fluid are considered to bodily fluids. Internal condoms are not 100% effective. There is always the possibility of the internal condom being put in wrong. An internal condom also doesn’t fully protect against all STDs, like those that are spread through skin to skin contact such as herpes and HPV. However, an internal condom provides more protection than male condoms. Internal condoms cover the vulva area (outside area of the vagina).

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