Female Condom

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. A female condom is a lubricated pouch made of thin, soft plastic that fits loosely inside a woman’s vagina. It prevents pregnancy by keeping sperm out of the vagina. In addition to preventing pregnancy, female condoms also block transmission of some STIs/HIV.

How to use it?

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.

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Pros and Cons

  • Pros:

    • It can be used on demand
    • It can easily carried with you
    • It isn’t affected by other medications
    • It can be used when breastfeeding
    • Hormone free
    • It protects effectively against sexually transmitted infections (STIs)

  • Cons:

    • 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