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Internal condom 
  • 79% effective
  • Put it in before sex
  • No prescription required
  • Protects against STIs/STDs
  • No hormones
  • Inexpensive

  

What is it?
  • 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.1
  • 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.
  • In the United States, the average cost for an internal condom is $3.
     
  • The only Food and Drug Administration-approved internal condom currently available in the U.S. is the FC2 Female Condom.

  • Kaiser Permanente members may be able to get internal condoms at low or no cost.2  
  • 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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1“Internal condom,” Planned Parenthood, plannedparenthood.org/learn/birth-control/internal-condom/how-effective-are-internal-condoms, accessed August 13, 2019.

2Costs are dependent on your policy terms. For questions about your coverage, please call Member Services or view your benefit coverage documents.