Female Condoms

Female condoms are made from polyurethane. When used correctly during vaginal sex, they help to protect against pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
Condoms (male or female) are the only contraception that protect against pregnancy and STIs.
The female condom is worn inside the vagina to stop sperm getting to the womb. It needs to be placed in the vagina before there is any contact between the vagina and penis.
Store female condoms in places that aren’t too hot or cold, and away from sharp or rough surfaces that could tear them.
If used correctly and consistently, female condoms are 95% effective.
Always buy condoms that have the CE mark on the packet. This means that they’ve been tested to the high European safety standards. Condoms that don’t have the CE mark won’t meet these standards so don’t use them.
Although female condoms (when used correctly) offer reliable protection against pregnancy you need to use another method of contraception as well. This is to protect you against an unintended pregnancy if the condom splits or comes off.
If a female condom slips or fails, you can use emergency contraception to help to prevent a pregnancy. This is for emergencies only, and shouldn’t be used as a regular form of contraception.
If you’ve been at risk of unintended pregnancy, you’re also at risk of catching an STI, so make sure you have a check-up too.
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