What is it? How does it work?
The internal condom, also sometimes known as the “female condom,” is a plastic, tubular pouch you insert into the vagina. An internal condom works by covering the vagina and preventing the sperm from reaching an egg. An internal condom is a great example of a “barrier method.” They are usually made with plastic, so they are perfect for people with a latex allergy. It is extremely important to know that your partner should NOT wear an external (or “male”) condom if you are using an internal condom. This makes both condoms more likely to rip and actually reduces the effectiveness of either method.
How effective is it?
With typical use, internal condoms are about 79% effective. If used perfectly, they are 95% effective. It’s important to use them correctly every single time you have sex if this is your main method of birth control.
What are the side effects?
Fortunately, internal condoms don’t have too many side effects associated with them.
Does it protect me against sexually transmitted infections?
The nice thing about internal condoms is that they provide protection against sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Because of this, internal condoms can also be used in the anus for protection against STIs.