Internal Condom Effectiveness: 79% Cost: $0-3 Common Brand(s): FC2 Female Condom Prescription Required: No Use Every Time for Vaginal or Anal Sex
The Internal Condom, or female condom, is a soft, plastic material that goes inside the vagina or anus during sexual intercourse. During vaginal sex, the internal condom acts as a barrier that stops sperm from reaching an egg so the female cannot get pregnant.
Internal condoms can protect against certain STDs transmitted by bodily fluid such as Chlamydia and Gonorrhea; however, they don’t guarantee protection from skin-to-skin contact STDs like Herpes and Genital Warts.
For effective pregnancy prevention, female condoms should be paired up with other non-barrier birth control methods such as the birth control pill.
Never use a regular condom and female condom together during intercourse! Doubling up won’t give extra protection; in fact, it will only increase the likelihood of breaking the condoms.