- An internal condom, also known as a vaginal condom, is a thin, soft pouch, commonly made from plastic, that’s worn inside the vagina or anus. It prevents pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs/STDs).
- Internal condoms help protect against STIs/STDs, including HIV.
- If used perfectly, internal condoms are 95% effective. But people aren’t perfect. So, in reality, internal condoms are 79% effective.*
- 79% effective
- Put it in before sex
- No prescription required
- Protects against STIs/STDs
- No hormones
- An internal condom covers the inside of your vagina. It creates a barrier so sperm can’t reach an egg. This type of condom can also be used inside the anus and rectum for anal intercourse.
- An internal condom also protects against STIs/STDs, including HIV. It limits your contact with bodily fluids. It also limits skin-to-skin contact, which is how many infections spread.
- You can get internal condoms in some stores, at health centers, and online.
- You don’t need a prescription for internal condoms.
- There are no age restrictions to buy internal condoms.
- Squeeze the sides of the inner ring and insert it into the vagina. If you’re putting it into the anus, remove the inner ring.
- Push the ring up to the cervix (as far as it’ll go).
- Gently remove your fingers.
- About an inch of the internal condom should be hanging outside the vagina.
- After sex, twist the end closed so sperm doesn’t spill out.
- Pull the condom out gently and throw it in the garbage. Don’t flush it down the toilet.
- Wear the internal condom the entire time you have sex — from start to finish. This will protect against STIs/STDs.
- Don’t use an internal condom and a traditional condom at the same time — they both could rip.
- Do not use the same condom more than once.
- Internal condoms help prevent the spread of STIs/STDs, including HIV.
- Internal condoms are affordable.
- Internal condoms are hormone-free.
- You don’t need a prescription.
- Most internal condoms can be used by people with a latex allergy.
- Internal condoms are temporary. You can stop using them whenever you want to try getting pregnant.
- Internal condoms can be used while you’re breastfeeding.
- Internal condoms are less effective than many other forms of birth control.
- Internal condoms are one-use only.
- Internal condoms are not as common or as easy to find as traditional condoms. They are usually available in health centers or online.
- You need to use it correctly every time.
- You need to put on an internal condom before there’s any skin-to-skin genital contact. They don’t work as well if you put them on during sex.
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*“Internal condom,” Planned Parenthood, plannedparenthood.org/learn/birth-control/internal-condom/how-effective-are-internal-condoms, accessed August 13, 2019.