Femidoms are female condoms that act as a barrier to pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) like HIV.

It’s placed inside the vagina and is an alternative to the male condom.

  • If used correctly, female condoms are 95% effective.
  • A female condom needs to be placed inside the vagina before there’s any contact with the penis.
  • Femidoms can be inserted several hours before sex.
  • A female condom can get pushed too far into the vagina, but it’s easy to remove them yourself if this happens.
  • Female condoms shouldn’t be reused – open a new one each time you have sex.

How to use a female condom:

  1. Open the packet and remove the female condom, taking care not to tear it – don’t open the packet with your teeth.
  2. Find a comfortable position for inserting the condom – either sitting or lying down, squatting or with one leg raised on a chair.
  3. The condom is already lubricated but you may want to add additional lubricant.
  4. Squeeze the inner ring between thumb and finger so that it becomes long and narrow, making it easier to insert.
  5. Holding the inner ring between your fingers, insert the condom as deep into the vagina as it will go.
  6. Push your middle finger into the Femidom and push the inner ring as far up your vagina as you can – it should be just above your pubic bone.
  7. Keep the second, outer ring outside the opening of the vagina.
  8. During sex, guide the penis in through the outer ring, making sure the penis hasn’t missed the opening of the condom and entered the vagina at the side of the ring.
  9. After sex, remove the female condom immediately by gently pulling it out – you can twist the large ring to prevent semen from leaking.
  10. Throw away the condom in a bin, not the toilet.