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What is the difference between a male and female condom?

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Condoms for men and women look different, but both work in the same way: by creating a barrier that blocks semen and other fluids. Female condoms fit inside the vagina to prevent pregnancy and STDs. You can use one to lower the risk of STDs during anal sex, too. But don’t use one when your partner is using a male condom. They can stick together and pull out of place or tear.

From: 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 Traci C. Johnson on August 5, 2019

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 Traci C. Johnson on August 5, 2019

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