Female condoms are linings made of thin, transparent, soft plastic film that fit loosely inside the vagina. They are often made out of latex, polyurethane, or nitrile. They act as a barrier to block semen and other bodily fluids from entering the cervix.
There are flexible rings at both ends to help insert the condom, as well to hold part of the condom outside of the vagina. Users are able to insert the condom themselves before engaging in sexual activity. They contain no hormones, and help protect against pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.
When used correctly with every act of sex, about 5 pregnancies per 100 women occur. As commonly used, about 21 pregnancies per 100 women occur. It is important to ensure the condom is inserted correctly, and that the user’s partner cooperates in using this method to ensure proper effectiveness.
Both female and male condoms are contraceptive methods that individuals can use that don’t impact hormones and are reversible. MCI is working to develop more options like this to ensure all people will have the ability to choose a contraceptive method that works for them. Follow us for more updates on these methods!
Nuts & Bolts: Female Condoms