Condoms – They’re Not Just For Men

When most people think of condoms they think of male condoms, but did you know that there also female condoms?  A female condom is a pouch that is inserted into the vagina to prevent pregnancy and reduce the risk of sexually transmitted diseases.  How does it compare to the male condom?

  • Pregnancy Prevention
    • Female condom: 75% effective
    • Male condom: 85% effective
  • Protection Against Sexually Transmitted Diseases
    • Female condom: some protection
    • o Male condom: better protection
  • Availability
    • Both can be purchased at a drug store without a prescription
  • Cost
    • Female condom: $1.50 – $4 each
    • Male condom: $0.50 – $1.50 each

Although the male condom does appear to outweigh the female condom when it comes to prevention, protection and cost, the female condom is still an option and options are good.

****Using the female and male condom at the same time is not recommended.