A contraceptive that prevents sperm from coming into direct contact with the vaginal canal. Female condoms are typically made from latex or polyurethane. Part of the common stays outside of the vagina, while the rest of the condom extends into the vagina during penetration, limiting chances of pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.

Female condoms are significantly less common than male condoms, but roughly as effective. When used properly, female condoms have an average failure rate of about 5 percent according to Planned Parenthood.

Water and silicone lubricants can be used with all types of female condoms. Oil lubricants will damage latex and increase the chances of a condom failure.