How Effective are Female Condoms?

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Mar 18, 2013

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Female condom is a loose fitted flexible plastic tube with flexible rings at both the ends. This condom is worn inside the vagina wherein, closed end covers the cervix and the other end of tube remains outside the vagina. Female condoms can be safely used by any women who uses tampon.

Effectiveness of Female CondomsEffectiveness of birth control method is the prime concern of people while using any method of birth control, female condoms are not an exception to this. Like any other birth control method female condoms work best when used correctly. The failure rate of female condom is 5 percent when used in the right manner. On the contrary, if not used correctly, 21 out of 100 women increase the chances of getting pregnant.


  • Female condoms are the only female birth control device that provides protection against sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy. The best part is that there are no side- effects or health risks of female condoms. Moreover, they are less likely to break and cause allergic reactions.
  • They provide effective protection against sexually transmitted disease (STDs) and unwanted pregnancy. When used in a correct manner female condoms are 79- 95 percent effective.
  • It prevents transfusion of bodily fluids such as semen or blood.

Effectiveness of female contraceptives can be increased by using spermicide. It can be either in the form of gel, foam or cream. While using spermicide you must make sure that it doesn’t contain nonoxynol-9 as it can cause irritation.

Most of the people in Brazil and Africa rely on female condoms for safe sexual practices. However, in other countries female condoms still lack popularity due to lack of availability. HIV/AIDS prevention program of United Nation is working to increase availability of female condoms at the global level.


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