Anyone of any gender or sexuality who has sex, including foreplay, specifically  people who have a vulva, or those who have anal sex.


The condom acts as a physical barrier between the penis/sex toy and the vagina or rectum. It protects against both pregnancy and STI transmission and is said to be 95% effective.


If using condoms is your choice of contraceptive, you should use one every time you have sex. You must put the condom inside the vagina or anus before a penis or sex toy enters it, you can put an internal condom into your vagina up to 8 hours before you have sex. You should not use an internal condom at the same time as an external condom.


The condom catches any sperm and semen that comes out of the penis, so you must be careful when you take it out afterwards. The condom also acts as protection against STIs as it prevents sexual fluids from both partners being transferred. If you are using lube, make sure it is water-based.


  1. Before opening, feel for the internal condom inside the packaging and push it to the side so that when you tear it open you don’t tear the condom as well

  2. Take the condom out of its packet and make sure there are no rips in it

  3. Lie or squat down

  4. Separate the labia (the lips of the vagina) with one hand

  5. At the closed end of the condom, squeeze the flexible inner ring (this stays inside the condom) between your thumb and finger, making it long and narrow and gently insert it into the vagina as far as it will go

  6. Make sure that the large ring at the open end of the female condom covers the area around the vaginal opening

  7. Gently push the squeezed ring of the condom into the vagina as far as it will go

  8. Now with your middle finger gently push the inner ring as far up into the vagina as you can so that it rests just above the pubic bone. The outer ring should hang outside the body

  9. Don’t worry if the condom is a bit loose – that’s how it’s meant to be

  10. Make sure the penis enters into the condom, not between the condom and the side of the vagina, it can help if you guide the penis into the vagina

  11. After sex twist the outer ring of the condom to keep any semen inside the condom and gently pull it out

  12. Wrap the condom in tissue and throw it in the bin (don’t flush it down the toilet)

  13. It’s a good idea to put the condom in before the penis touches the vagina or genital area

  14. You can put the condom in when you are lying down, squatting or with one leg on a chair. It’s worth experimenting with putting the condom in to find the position that suits you best

Thanks to Brook for these instructions!

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real life experiences

"I’ve just tried them for the first time and was surprised. Apart from feeling a bit self-conscious about it at first, it wasn’t really any different to unprotected sex. We both enjoyed it, and got the job done as it were. Much better than an external condom in my opinion, as it doesn’t rely on the penis being hard so you can take your time."  - Al they/them