The male condom may well be the most well known of all contraceptive methods but not wanting to be outdone, women got their own too. The male condom’s simple “just slip it on” functionality is matched by the female condom’s “just slip it in” technique and the results are identical. Regardless who is wearing the condom; there is a lubricated, thin polyurethane sheath that creates a barrier between where the sperm comes from and where it wants to go. The most important thing is that you use a condom every time you have sex.
As we said above, the male and female condoms work in exactly the same way, the only difference is, who is putting it on, or in. Put the female condom into the vagina right before sex. Take the sheath and find the closed end’s ring which hold the female condom in place. Squeeze this flexible ring together and insert the condom as you would a tampon, as far as you can up to your cervix. The closed end of the female condom covers the cervix and the open end should hang about an inch outside your vagina. Once you’re finished, simply grab the open end, twist to close, pull it out gently, and don’t spill anything. Use it only once and then throw it away.
PROS AND CONS
It can be used on demand
It can easily be carried with you
It isn’t affected by other medications
It can be used when breastfeeding
It protects effectively against sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
It interrupts sex
Using it can take practice
Not as effective as male latex condoms
It can tear if not used properly
It may lead to irritation or allergic reactions
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It provides them with an additional choice to protect themselves from sexually transmitted infections (STIs), HIV and unintended pregnancies. It is not intended as a replacement for the male condom but rather as an additional option for both women and men.
Why does the female condom seem so large?
A female condom is similar in length to a male condom. However, it is wider than a male condom as, once inserted, it lines the walls of the vagina and allows for movement of the penis inside the sheath. It also provides extra protection by covering part of the external female genitalia and the base of the penis.
Can I use the female condom during Menstruation?
The female condom does not interfere with menstruation and can therefore be used. However, the female condom should be inserted just before intercourse and removed soon after.
Can I use the female condom during pregnancy?
You can use the female condom when you are pregnant since the condom doesn’t move beyond the cervix. You can also use female condom after recently giving birth.
When can I insert the female condom?
The female condom can be inserted in advance of sexual intercourse and does not need to be taken out immediately after intercourse.
Can female condoms disappear inside my body?
The female condom covers the cervix. The diameter of the opening to the cervix is 1 mm to 3 mm so it is impossible for female condom to disappear inside your body.
Can female condom and a male condom be used together?
No, as the friction caused by the two condoms can lead to tearing of either one or both the condoms. Also, using one condom (male or female) provides equal protection to both partners.
Can I reuse the female condom?
No, reuse of any condom is not recommended – male or female. A new condom should be used every time you have intercourse.