Vaginal Condom

Vaginal condoms are a thin plastic skin placed inside the vagina prior to having sex.
Vaginal Condom
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Street names Condom
Medical names Female condom, Femidom® (brand)
Effectiveness 79% ?
It lasts 1 single use, needs to be replaced every time you have sex
Fertility No contraceptive effect when condom is removed
Who can use it? People with a vagina and uterus of any age from menarche to menopause
Hormones Does not contain hormonal medication
Visibility Visible during sex
STIs Protects you and your sexual partners from most Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI’s) ?
Side effects None
Cost $2—$9 per condom
Where to get it Visit a reproductive and sexual health clinic or purchase at a pharmacy, online

How does it work?

Condoms work as a physical barrier between bodily fluids. Sperm is released into the condom so it doesn’t touch the vulva, vagina or cervix. This prevents pregnancy.

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) are transmitted through bodily fluids. Vaginal condoms can prevent STIs during vaginal sex. Vaginal condoms can only be used once.

What’s it like to use?

Vaginal condoms are packaged individually. Each one needs to be opened carefully to avoid breakage. Condoms should only be used before the expiry date listed on the packet. It will feel slippery from the lubricant.

Vaginal condoms are inserted inside the vagina. One ring sits at the top of the vagina behind the pubic bone. The other ring sits outside the vagina near the vulva.

Vaginal condoms are stronger than penile condoms. They are made from polyurethane plastic. Vaginal condoms can be stored at higher temperatures and are not affected by humidity. The polyurethane warms quickly to match its surroundings, and allows for sensitivity. Oil or water based lube can be used inside the vaginal condom. They can be inserted prior to sexual activity starting, and do not require a penis to be fully erect.

It can make a slight rustling noise during sex. Afterwards wrap it in a tissue and put it in the bin.

Vaginal condoms should not be used at the same time as external condoms, as using both can create friction, causing them to break.

What if I forget about it?

Consider keeping a stack of vaginal condoms in an accessible place and taking some with you when you travel.

If you have had unprotected penis in vagina (PIV) sex, you may need to consider emergency contraception and an STI check.

Who can use it?

People with a vagina and uterus of any age, from menarche to menopause.

The vaginal condom can be inserted into the vagina before intercourse. This method requires the condom to be fitted correctly.

Side effects

If condoms are the only contraceptive method keep in mind that their effectiveness is lower than other contraceptive options. Consider using condoms to prevent STIs plus a more effective contraceptive method to prevent pregnancy.

Make sure you are prepared and confident to use a condom safely. Learn more about your reproductive organs and sexual health.

If at any point you feel that this contraceptive method is making you feel uncomfortable or unwell get advice from a doctor or medical professional. If it is an emergency, call an ambulance on 000.

How and where to get it

To buy a condom you can be of any age and any gender. You don’t need a prescription. Vaginal condoms can be purchased from a pharmacy, from reproductive and sexual health clinics and some online shops.

The cost for each condom is between $2 and $9.

What if you change your mind

Try another contraceptive method. Visit a reproductive and sexual health clinic or your local doctor to discuss your contraceptive options.