Last modified on March 3rd, 2021
An internal condom –or female condom- is a pouch you insert into your vagina or anus. Internal condoms (female) work the same way that external condoms (male) do, except that you wear one on the inside instead of sticking it on a penis. They keep the sperm inside the condom and out of your vagina or anus.
STI protection. Internal condoms (female) help protect you from most sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV.
Internal condoms (female) take a lot of effort and commitment. You have to make sure to use condoms correctly, every time, for them to be effective.
Your partner refuses to wear a condom. If your partner will not wear a condom, but you still want protection against STIs, the internal condom (female) is a good option.
No prescription is necessary. If you cannot make it to the health care provider (or do not want to), you can always use an internal condom (female). They can be a lot harder to find than other condoms.
Good for people with latex allergies. Unlike most male condoms, internal condoms (female) are made of plastic or synthetic rubber. You can use them even if you are allergic to latex.
Availability. Would you like to use this method? Check out the “Methods in my country” section to learn what is available
Internal condoms (female) are easy to use, but take a bit of practice. Remember, if this is your preferred method, you have to use one EVERY SINGLE TIME.
How to insert an Internal Condom (female)? 
Do not worry if the condom moves side to side while you are having sex. If the man slips out of the condom and into your vagina or anus, gently remove the condom and reinsert. If he ejaculates outside of the internal condom (female) and into your vagina by accident, you may want to consider Emergency Contraception to avoid the risk of pregnancy.
How to remove an internal condom (female)? 
Using a regular condom along with an internal condom (female) does not double your protection. It just makes both more likely to rip.
Tips and Tricks: Before using an internal condom (female), you should always check the expiration date and check the package for tears or holes.
Everyone is different. What you experience may not be the same thing as another person.
The Negative: 
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