For example Femidom, Care and FC2. A soft plastic pre-lubricated sheath with an inner and
outer ring which is inserted into the vagina before sexual intercourse.


  • As for condoms (male) above
  • For women whose partners will not use male condom
  • Where the man has allergy/sensitivity to latex condom


  • Woman-controlled (but requires partner’s cooperation)
  • Can be inserted hours before intercourse and so does not interrupt sexual spontaneity
  • Not dependent on male erection and does not require immediate withdrawal after ejaculation
  • Protects against STI and HIV infection
  • No special storage required

Disadvantages and Side-Effects

  • Requires special training and practice to use correctly
  • Relatively new product with limited public awareness
  • In some cases, hypersensitivity to polyurethane female condoms occurs
  • Requires correct use with every act of sex for greatest effectiveness


  • Ensure client understands correct use, storage, and disposal
  • Supply at least 40 female condoms to each client per month
  • Advise client to return for more before they are finished
  • In case of hypersensitivity, avoid use and change to another FP method