Internal condoms help protect you from most sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV.
Internal condoms take effort and commitment
You have to make sure to use condoms correctly, every time, no matter what, in order for them to be effective.
Your partner refuses to wear a condom
If your partner won’t wear a condom, but you still want protection against STIs, the internal condom is the way to go.
No prescription necessary
You don’t need a prescription if you buy through the FC2 website or get it from a clinic, nonprofit, or health department. But getting a prescription for the internal condom is probably the cheapest way to go—if you have insurance, you may be able to get it for free with a prescription.
If you can’t make it to the doctor (or don’t want to), you can always use an internal condom, but since you can’t get them over the counter like condoms, you do have to plan in advance to order online or find a clinic or other that has them.
Cool for people with latex allergies
Unlike most condoms, internal condoms are made of nitrile (a synthetic rubber), so you can use them even if you’re allergic to latex.