What are female condoms?
Female condoms have many of the same attributes and advantages as male
condoms. They help prevent pregnancy by stopping sperm from entering your
vagina during intercourse. They also protect against sexually transmitted
infections (STIs), such as HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis.
Female condoms are latex pouches that you insert into your vagina. They have
flexible rubber rings at each end. One end holds the condom in your vagina like
an anchor and the other end stays outside of your vagina during sex.
According to the Mayo
Clinic, the only FDA-approved female condoms are the FC1 and the FC2. The
FC1, made from plastic, is no longer produced. The FC2 is made of synthetic
rubber called nitrile and is the only available female condom that is FDA
How do you use a female
It’s important to read the instructions before using a female condom.
Carefully follow the directions to insert it properly. To use a female condom,
insert it into your vagina before intercourse. The inner ring of the condom should
be pushed into your vagina as far as it will go, up against your cervix. The
outer ring should remain outside of your vagina. Take care not to tear or twist
the condom while you insert it.
During intercourse, your partner’s penis should enter the condom without
making any direct contact with your vagina. After intercourse, twist the outer
ring of the condom and gently pull it out of your vagina. Be careful not to
spill any semen while you remove it. You can insert your female condom up to
eight hours before intercourse, but you should remove it immediately following
You can use lubricant or spermicide to improve the comfort and effectiveness
of your female condom. Never ever use it with a male condom. The friction
between both condoms can cause them to tear and fail. Never reuse a female
effective are female condoms?
Like male condoms, female condoms are very effective when used correctly and
consistently. Research on the rate of successful use of barrier methods of
contraception, fall into two categories: perfect use or typical use. In
reality, few people use the female condom perfectly every time.
According to the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the failure rate for typical use
of female condoms is 21 percent. That means that for every 100 women who use
female condoms as their sole means of birth control, there are 21 accidental
pregnancies per year. That makes female condoms only slightly less effective
than male condoms. They have a use failure rate of 18 percent.
When used correctly, female condoms can also help stop the spread of STIs.
are the benefits of using female condoms?
Female condoms offer many of the same benefits as male condoms. Some of
their unique benefits include:
- lack of side effects
- protection against unintentional pregnancy and
- a male erection is not required for use
- does not contain latex
- increased sexual arousal
Female condoms are slightly more expensive than male condoms. They cost an
average of $3 each. You can find them at most drugstores, supermarkets, and
One potential benefit of the female condom is it allows women to take more
active and independent responsibility for preventing pregnancy and the spread
of STIs. When you use female condoms, you don’t need to rely on your male
partners to provide and wear their own condoms. You can insert a female condom
up to eight hours before intercourse, so it also allow you to prepare for
intercourse ahead of time.
are the drawbacks of using female condoms?
Female condoms are simple to use. Still, some women find them bothersome or
uncomfortable to insert and wear during sex. With a little practice and
experience, you will likely find them easier and more comfortable to use. Like
male condoms, you need to use them properly and consistently to prevent
unintentional pregnancy and the spread of STIs.
Female condoms offer an affordable, convenient, and effective way to lower
your risk of unintentional pregnancy. When used properly, they also protect
against the spread of STIs. You can find them at most drugstores. Follow the
package directions to properly insert and remove them.