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Internal condom

Internal condom

How to

How do you use an internal condom?

    The female condom is a tube with flexible rings at each end – one end is closed and the other is open. The ring at the closed end keeps it in place inside the vagina. To put the condom in, simply squeeze that flexible ring and insert the condom as you would insert a tampon. Push it in as far as you can – the closed end should cover the entrance to the womb (cervix) and the open end should hang a couple of centimetres outside your vagina.


    After you've had sex, carefully grab the open end, twist to close it, and carefully remove the condom without spilling anything. Then simply throw it away in the bin and make sure you use a new condom next time.

      The internal condom is available without prescription. You can get it for free from the NHS or you can purchase yourself.

      Internal condoms are not as readily available as external condoms.


      You can get female condoms free, even if you're under 16, from:


      • Some GP surgeries


      • Most sexual health of genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinics


      • Most contraception clinics


      • Some young people’s services


      You can also buy internal condoms from


      • Pharmacies


      • Supermarkets


      • Online

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