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Effectiveness: 79-95%

The female condom is a long pouch with an inner ring and outer ring worn in the vagina. It can be put in up to 8 hours before sex. It works by preventing contact between the sperm and egg.

Availability: No prescription needed, although in many areas female condoms are difficult to find at pharmacies. Can be found in some Planned Parenthood clinics.
Cause of Failures:
  • Not using a condom at every intercourse
  • Penis slips out of the condom
  • Penis is not guided into the condom correctly
  • Using in conjunction with the male condom may cause breakage
STI Prevention:
  • Does not offer 100% protection against STD/STI/HIV
  • Does not offer any protection against some, such as crabs.

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