Female condom

The female condom is a form of contraception. This page explains how the female condom works and tells you how to use it.

What is a female condom?

A female condom.

The female condom is a pouch that is used during intercourse to prevent pregnancy. It also reduces the risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). It has flexible rings at each end – one end is closed and the other is open.

The female condom is inserted deep into the vagina just before vaginal intercourse. The ring at the closed end holds the pouch in the vagina and the ring at the open end stays outside the vaginal opening during intercourse.

How do female condoms work?

Female condoms cover the inside of the vagina and collect pre-cum and semen when a man ejaculates. This keeps sperm from entering the vagina.

What are they made of?

The female condom is made of nitrile polymer – that’s the same material that medical gloves are made from.

They are latex free so can be used by people who are allergic to latex and can be used with oil-based and water-based lubricants.

How effective are female condoms?

The female condom is more effective when it is used correctly every time, like all contraceptive methods.

Typically, 21 out of 100 women will become pregnant each year but if women always use the female condom correctly, the failure rate drops to five per 100 women.

One of the benefits of female condoms is that they allow women the opportunity to protect themselves from infection.

How safe are female condoms?

Almost everyone can use female condoms safely – they can be used by just about any woman who can use a tampon. They are also safe to use during anal sex.

Where can I get female condoms?

Female condoms can be purchased from on our online shop for $3 each. They are also available at some retail outlets and from Glyde Healthcare.

Family Planning has clinics located throughout New Zealand. Use the clinic finder to find your nearest clinic.

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