The Female Condom
The FDA approved
the female condom in 1993. According to the Mayo Clinic, the only approved female
condoms are the FC1 and the FC2. The FC1 is made from plastic and is no longer
being produced. The FC2 is made of synthetic latex. The female condom has
slowly grown in popularity. A variation of the male condom, the female condom
has many of the same attributes and advantages.
What Is It?
condom is a latex pouch that is inserted into the vagina. It has flexible
rubber rings at each end. One end holds the condom in the vagina, and the other
stays outside the vagina during sex.
How Does It Work?
condoms, female condoms prevent pregnancy by containing semen and preventing
sperm from entering the vagina during intercourse. Female condoms also protect
against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
How Do I Use It?
condoms are inserted directly into the vagina before intercourse, similar to a
tampon. The inner ring should be pushed as far as it will go (up against the
cervix) and the outer ring should remain outside the vagina. Read the
instructions before using the female condom, and make sure the condom isn’t
twisted or torn as it is being inserted.
or spermicide can be used with the female condom to improve comfort and
effectiveness. During intercourse, the penis will enter the condom without
making any direct contact with the vagina. Twist the outer ring of the condom
after intercourse, and pull it out of the vagina gently being careful not to
spill any semen. The female condom can be inserted up to eight hours before
intercourse. It should be removed immediately following ejaculation and should
not be reused. According to AVERTing HIV and AIDS, you should never use a
male condom in addition to a female condom. The friction could cause both birth
control methods to break and fail.
male condom, the female condom is very effective when used correctly and
consistently. The Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC) says that the use failure rate is 21 percent. It’s only slightly
less effective than male condoms.
condom has many of the same benefits as the male condom, including convenience,
affordability, STD protection, and lack of side effects. Female condoms are
slightly more expensive, averaging $3, but they can easily be found at most
drugstores, supermarkets, or healthcare centers.
potential benefit of the female condom compared to the male version is that
women can take independent, more active responsibility in preventing pregnancy.
Because female condoms can be inserted up to eight hours before intercourse,
women can also prepare for intercourse in advance.
female condoms are simple to use, some women find them irritating to insert and
bothersome during sex. Practice and experience with the female condom usually
eases concerns. Like the male condom, the female condom must be used properly
and consistently in order to be effective.