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How effective is a female condom?

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A female condom is a long plastic pouch that fits inside the vagina during sex. They work almost as well as male condoms as long as you use them correctly. In a year, 5 out of 100 women who use them the right way every time will get pregnant. Compare that to 2 out of 100 women whose partners always use male condoms correctly. For couples that don’t always use it the right way, about 21 out of 100 women will get pregnant every year. For male condom users, that number is 18. Female condoms won’t eliminate your risk of getting an STD, but they do greatly cut your chances.

From: What Are Female Condoms? WebMD Medical Reference

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Teens Health: “Condom.”

Planned Parenthood: “Female condom.”

National (UK) Health Service: “Female condoms.”

New York State Health Department: “FAQ about condoms.”

Medline Plus: "Female condoms."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on August 24, 2017

SOURCES:

Teens Health: “Condom.”

Planned Parenthood: “Female condom.”

National (UK) Health Service: “Female condoms.”

New York State Health Department: “FAQ about condoms.”

Medline Plus: "Female condoms."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on August 24, 2017

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