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Internal condoms

Internal condoms (also called female condoms or Femidoms) provide reliable protection against HIV and unwanted pregnancy if used correctly.

  1. The key takeaways
  2. How to use an internal condom

The key takeaways

  • Internal condoms are made from thin, soft plastic.
  • They are inserted into the vagina before sex.
  • Female condoms provide simple, cheap and reliable protection against HIV.

How to use an internal condom

  • Learn how to use an internal condom – for example by reading the instructions on the pack or here. Try it out before you first use one.
  • Check the”CE” marking or “OK” quality seal and expiry date.
  • Store internal condoms carefully so the packaging doesn’t get damaged.
  • Before use, cover the internal condom with lubricant on the inside and outside (oil-based lubricant may be used, unlike with condoms).
  • Never use an internal condom with a condom as the friction can damage both.
  • When inserting the internal condom, make sure that it’s in the right place and doesn’t slip.

When used correctly, internal condoms provide reliable protection against HIV. But they don’t provide adequate protection against other STIs. You should therefore find out when you need an STI test. Contact a test centre for support:


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