How effective is it? 95% effective when used correctly.  5 women in every 100 will get pregnant each year using this method.

 

How does it work? A loose plastic covering lines the vagina and the area outside to stop sperm from entering.

 

Advantages: Can be put in any time before sex, can protect from STIs, can be used with oil-based products, no side effects, no additional spermicide is needed.

Disadvantages: Putting it in can interrupt sex and you need to make sure the man’s penis stays inside the female condom.  The condom can get pushed inside the vagina.  Not as widely available as male condoms.

 

Other facts: You must use a new condom every time you have sex.  They are free from sexual health clinics or can be bought from some pharmacies or online.