Internal (sometimes called Female) Condom Use

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The Right Way To Use An Internal Condom

Internal Condom Dos and Don’ts

  • DO use an internal condom from start to finish, every time you have vaginal sex.*
  • DO read the condom package insert and check the expiration date.
  • DO make sure there are no tears or defects.
  • DO use lubricant to help prevent the condom from slipping and tearing.
  • DO store internal condoms in a cool, dry place.

*Internal condoms can also be used for anal sex.

  • DON’T use an external condom with an internal condom, as this can cause tearing.
  • DON’T reuse an internal condom.
  • DON’T flush internal condoms as they may clog the toilet.

How To Insert and Remove an Internal Condom

Hands holding female condom and wrapper
Carefully open and remove internal condom from package to prevent tearing.
Hands holding female condom at the thick, inner ring.
The thick, inner ring with closed end is used for placing in the vagina and holds condom in place. The thin, outer ring remains outside of body, covering vaginal opening.
Fingers squeezing thick, inner ring of female condom to prepare to insert it.
Find a comfortable position. While holding outside of condom at closed end, squeeze sides of inner ring together with your thumb and forefinger and insert into vagina. It is similar to inserting a tampon.
Finger inserting female condom into vagina.
Using your finger, push inner ring as far up as it will go until it rests against cervix. The condom will expand naturally and you may not feel it.
Hands positioning female condom in place to cover vulva.
Be sure condom is not twisted. The thin, outer ring should remain outside vagina.
Female condom in place with penis inserted into vagina.
Guide partner’s penis into opening of internal condom. Stop intercourse if you feel penis slip between condom and walls of vagina or if outer ring is pushed into vagina.


Hand removing female condom.
To remove, gently twist outer ring and pull internal condom out of vagina.
Throw away used female condom in trash.
Throw away internal condom in trash after using it one time. Do not reuse.


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