A female condom is a thin, loose-fitting and flexible plastic tube worn inside the vagina. A soft ring at the closed end of the tube covers the cervix during intercourse and holds it inside the vagina. Another ring at the open end of the tube stays outside the vagina and partly covers the lip area. A female condom provides a barrier between partners to prevent sharing bodily fluids like semen, blood, or saliva. This helps ensure that sexually transmitted infections are not passed and pregnancy does not occur. Female condoms are 79-95% effective.
About Female Condoms
The female condom is the only tool currently available designed to offer woman-initiated protection against STIs, HIV, and unplanned pregnancy. It also plays an important role as a risk reduction tool for people of all genders who engage in anal sex.
Though only a handful of female condom products are available in private and public sectors globally, the field is expanding. New products are being developed for women and men who engage in receptive sex, including one specifically designed for anal sex.
Today, the FC2 is the most widely distributed female condom globally and is the only one available in the United States. The chart below tells more about the FC2 and shows the two other female condoms available in other countries—the Woman’s Condom and the Cupid.