Internal (Female) Condom
What is it?
The internal condom is a thin polyurethane (latex-free) tube with a flexible ring on each end. One end is closed and goes inside the vagina or anus. The other end is open and hangs outside of the vagina or anus.
How do you use it?
- Hold the condom with the open end hanging down
- Squeeze the inner ring with your thumb and middle finger
- Insert the closed end of the condom into your vagina or anus
- Make sure the condom is not twisted and that the outer ring lies against the vulva or anus.
- After intercourse, the condom should be removed before you stand up. Squeeze and twist the outer ring to keep the semen inside the condom.
Where can you get it?
Internal condoms are available in some pharmacies, clinics and sexual health centres.
How much does it cost?
At a pharmacy, the internal condom usually costs $15 for a pack of for 3. Sexual health centres and clinics may offer internal condoms at a lower cost. Planned Parenthood Ottawa offers internal condoms for free in our office.
How effective is it?
The internal condom is 79% effective with typical use.
Does it reduce the risk of STIs?
Yes. The internal condom reduces the risk of sexually transmitted infections by creating a barrier between you and your partner’s genitals and sexual fluids (vaginal fluid, anal fluid, ejaculate).
Reasons someone might choose this method of birth control
- It can be inserted up to 24 hours before sex play.
- It reduces the risk of STIs.
- It’s latex-free and transmits heat better than latex condoms.
Reasons someone might not choose this method of birth control
- It can be difficult to insert.
- It’s more expensive than an internal condom
- Unlike the external condom, the internal condom only comes in one shape and size.