Condom (female)

What is it?

  • The female condom is a round polyurethane sheath with a flexible ring on either end.
  • It is inserted into the vagina before sex.


  • The condom lines the walls of the vagina and prevents fluids from the penis from entering the vagina.
  • When used properly, female condoms offer some protection against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV.

Where can I get them?

  • Female condoms are available without a prescription at some drug stores and at your local Sexual Health Clinic.

What if the condom breaks during sex?

  • Oil-based lubricants such as mineral oil, petroleum jelly, or baby oil can weaken a condom and cause it to break easily.
  • Do not use these substances with a condom.
  • Emergency contraceptive pills (ECPs) are available for females to take within 5 days after unprotected sex or if a condom breaks during sex.