Effectiveness depends on the user: Risk of pregnancy or sexually transmitted infection (STI) is greatest Effectiveness Arrowwhen female condoms are not used with every act of sex. Few pregnancies or infections occur due to incorrect use, slips, or breaks.

Protection against pregnancy:

  • As commonly used, about 21 pregnancies per 100 women using female condoms over the first year. This means that 79 of every 100 women using female condoms will not become pregnant.
  • When used correctly with every act of sex, about 5 pregnancies per 100 women using female condoms over the first year.

Return of fertility after use of female condom is stopped: No delay

Protection against HIV and other STIs:

  • Female condoms reduce the risk of infection with STIs, including HIV, when used correctly with every act of sex.
Why Some Women Say They Like Female Condoms
  • Women can initiate their use
  • Have a soft, moist texture that feels more natural than male latex condoms during sex
  • Help protect against both pregnancy and STIs, including HIV
  • Outer ring provides added sexual stimulation for some women
  • Can be used without seeing a health care provider
Why Some Men Say They Like Female Condoms
  • Can be inserted ahead of time so do not interrupt sex
  • Are not tight or constricting like male condoms
  • Do not dull the sensation of sex like male condoms
  • Do not have to be removed immediately after ejaculation

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