USING INTERNAL CONDOMS
What is an Internal Condom?
An internal condom (sometimes called a “female” condom) is inserted into the vagina or the rectum, a flexible plastic ring holds it in place at the vaginal or anal opening. They are made of Nitrile (a soft and flexible type of plastic).
How do condoms work?
- For birth control, they prevent pregnancy by keeping the sperm away from the vagina.
- For STI protection, they act as a physical barrier method that works to protect against STIs by reducing contact with partner(s) bodily fluid and skin.
How effective are internal condoms?
- When used as birth control they are approximately 79% effective at preventing pregnancy.
- When used as a birth control method, they are ideally used with another birth control instead of on their own.
- They are very effective at preventing STIs – they may provide more coverage of the skin which offers greater protection against skin to skin STIs (such as warts and herpes)