Internal Condom

Quick Facts

Least effective
Reduces your chances of getting an STI
Hormone free
Must be used correctly every time you have sex
Can be used if you have a latex allergy

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More About Internal Condoms

The internal condom was previously also called a female condom. It is a soft plastic pouch you place inside the vagina. It’s made of plastic, so people who are allergic to latex can use it. It prevents pregnancy by stopping the sperm from meeting the egg. Since it lines the vagina, it prevents contact with body fluids (like semen and vaginal fluid). It also prevents skin-to-skin contact that can spread sexually transmitted infections (STIs). That’s double protection!

  • Must be used correctly each time you have sex
  • You can use it with other methods for extra protection. You just CANNOT use it with other condoms!
  • You can use it for both vaginal and anal sex.

How to Use the Internal Condom

Be sure to check the expiration date and the package for tears before you use it.

How to put in an internal condom:

  • Get in a comfortable position, as if you were putting in a tampon.
  • For greater effectiveness, add spermicide on the outside of the closed end. You can add lube for more comfort.
  • Squeeze together the sides of the ring on the closed end of the internal condom. Then, put it into your vagina.
  • Push the inner ring into your vagina as far as it’ll go.
  • Pull out your finger. Let the outer ring hang about an inch outside your vagina.
  • Make sure the penis doesn’t slip to the side between the condom and your vagina.
  • To use the internal condom for anal sex, remove the inner ring and follow the same process, but with the anus.

How to take out an internal condom:

  • Squeeze the outer ring and twist it closed like a baggie. This is so that semen can’t get out.
  • Gently pull out the condom.
  • Throw it away in a trash can. Don’t flush it! Condoms can clog your toilet.
  • You can’t reuse condoms. You will need to use a new one every time you have sex.
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  • It is 79% effective with typical use. That is, on average 21 out of 100 people using this method will get pregnant in a year.
  • It is 95% effective with perfect use. That is, if the internal condom is used correctly all the time, 5 out of 100 people will get pregnant in a year.


  • Reduces your chances of getting an STI
  • Hormone free
  • Can be put in ahead of time – does not disrupt the heat of the moment
  • Can be used with other methods – but NOT with other condoms
  • Many people feel in control when using one.
  • Stays in place, even if your partner loses their erection
  • Can also be used for anal sex
  • Easy to get. No prescription is required.
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Side Effects and Limitations

  • It can irritate the vagina.
  • You must use a new condom every time you have sex.
  • It can interrupt the heat of the moment if you don’t put it in ahead of time.
  • It is not as easy to find in stores as other condoms.

Family PACT Coverage

If you are eligible, Family PACT covers the cost of internal condoms. A provider can help you decide if an internal condom is the best choice for you.

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