Male condoms have always been the most popular and female condoms are even quite rare to find.Both types of condoms offer protection against unwanted pregnancies and STIs, however there are some key differences which could make one more suitable than the other.


Male condoms and female condoms are two different forms of contraception that work to prevent unwanted pregnancies and reduce the spread of sexually transmitted infections. Both condoms provide similar levels of protection when used correctly. However, there are some differences in the types of materials used, the design, and the way the condoms are used.

When it comes to male condoms, they are typically made of latex, which is a thin, stretchy material that forms a tight seal around the penis during intercourse, preventing the sperm and other body fluids from entering the vagina. Male condoms come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors, and are usually lubricated for comfort and ease of use. Some male condoms are even ultrathin for added sensitivity.

Female condoms, on the other hand, are made from a polyurethane material, and are designed to fit inside the vagina. They are designed slightly differently from male condoms, featuring two flexible rings at either end. The closed-end ring fits snugly inside the vagina to hold the condom in place, and the open-end ring fits around the outer part of the vagina. Female condoms provide protection from pregnancy and STDs, but some people find them to be less comfortable or less effective than male condoms.


The effectiveness of male and female condoms is similar when used correctly. However, there are some differences in how effective each type of condom is.

Male condoms are 98% effective when used correctly, meaning that out of every 100 couples who rely on male condoms as their only form of birth control, only two of them will become pregnant.

Female condoms are 95% effective when used correctly and are designed to fit more securely than male condoms. Since they are less likely to slip or break compared to male condoms, female condoms can provide an added layer of protection against unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Additionally, female condoms are the only type of condom that can be inserted up to eight hours before intercourse. This can help couples plan ahead and ensure that protection is available when needed. While male condoms are typically more widely available in stores and pharmacies, female condoms are becoming more common and can often be found in public health centers and clinics.


Pros of Male Condoms

  1. Male condoms are a highly effective form of contraception and barrier method of protection against STIs.

  2. Male condoms are widely available, affordable, and easy to purchase.

  3. Male condoms are easy to use, and can be disposed after each use.

  4. Male condoms are widely accepted and used by many people.

Cons of Male Condoms

  1. Male condoms can cause discomfort or allergic reactions in some people.

  2. Male condoms can break or slip off if not used properly.

  3. Some people find male condoms to be too tight or restrictive.

  4. Male condoms can reduce sexual sensation or pleasure for some people.

  5. Male condoms can cause discomfort or allergic reactions in some people.

Pros of Female Condoms 

  1. They are made of soft and flexible material, allowing for a more comfortable experience when used correctly.

  2. Unlike male condoms, female condoms provide better protection in cases of broken or torn condoms.

  3. The outer ring of the female condom helps to stimulate both partners during sexual intercourse.

  4. They provide an extra layer of protection for those engaging in anal sex.

  5. They are a good choice for couples who are trying to conceive, as there is no risk of interfering with a man’s fertility.

Cons of Female Condoms

  1. If they are used improperly, they can split or tear.

  2. Female condoms are less readily available than male condoms.

  3. They are typically more expensive.

  4. The outer ring of female condom could give off a heavy impression.

  5. For some, inserting a condom interrupts sexual activity.


In conclusion, male condoms and female condoms are both effective choices for contraception and can provide different levels of protection depending on your preferences. While male condoms are easier to obtain and use, female condoms can provide additional protection against STDs, and may be a better option for people who are allergic to latex. Ultimately, it is important to understand how each type of condom works and to make an informed decision about which is more suitable for your needs.