What are internal condoms?
Internal condoms are a thin barrier that is placed in the vagina before to penetrative intercourse. They catch sperm and are made of polyurethane (similar to the material of medical gloves). They are twice as strong as the latex in condoms.
Internal condoms are protective against pregnancy; the risk of pregnancy is 21 per 100 women with typical use, but can be as good as 5 per 100 women if used perfectly.
does this mean?
Doctors discuss the
effectiveness of contraception
by "perfect" and "typical" use.
This is because some methods are affected by human error:
The method is used perfectly
(no human error)
Accounts for human
error (e.g. putting the condom
in too late)
OK at preventing pregnancy - need perfect use for the best results!
Insert every time you have intercourse
None. Some users report reduced sexual sensations.
How hard to get?
Somewhat expenny: $3-4 per condom!
How do they work?
Internal condoms work as a barrier that catches sperm on ejaculation, stopping the sperm and egg from meeting.
They also protect against STIs.
how long does it last?
One time use (like regular condoms)
why would it suit me?
Internal condoms can be particularly helpful if:
You don't want to use hormones
You want protection against STIs
You want to be in control of the internal condom, instead of your partner being in control of the regular condom!
Protects against STIs
You are in control!
Easy to use
Need to remember to use every time
Can only buy online
May have some reduced sexual sensation
Have a look at some websites for internal condoms if you think they might be for you:
In the future...
Luna health hope to provide a birth control service that assesses eligibility for each birth control method.
This will save you time and money
meaning you only need to physically see a doctor once
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