The female condom is a birth control (contraceptive) device with the main purpose of acting as a barrier to prevent sperm from entering the uterus. This device protects against pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
The female condom is a soft loose-fitting pouch that has a ring on each end. One of the rings is inserted into the vagina to anchor the female condom while the other ring (at the open end of the condom) remains outside the vagina. The outer ring also helps to keep the condom in place and is also used for removal.
Only two female condoms, the FC1 female condom and its replacement, the FC2 female condom have Food and Drug Administration approval in the United States. The FC1 female condom made using plastic (polyurethane), is no longer under production. The FC2 female condom is made of synthetic latex and is pre-lubricated with a silicone-based lubricant.
Here you can find out what to expect using a female condom.
In order to use the female condom:
Open the package carefully. Do not use your teeth or fingernails, which could tear the condom.
Consider using additional lubrication. You can apply additional water-based or oil-based lubricant to the condom to make it easier to insert and to minimize noise during sex.
Insert the female condom. Squeeze the ring at the closed end of the pouch with your middle finger and thumb and insert it into your vagina like a tampon. Place your index finger inside the condom and push the ring up as far as it can go.
Do not allow the condom to twist. Make sure the outer ring remains outside your vagina, extending about one inch (or about 2.5 centimeters) beyond the labia. You can place the female condom inside your vagina up to eight hours before sex.
Guide the penis into the female condom. You have to make sure that the penis does not slip between the vagina and outer surface of the female condom. During sex, make sure the outer ring of the condom does not get pushed into the vagina.
After sex, remove the female condom. Twist the outer ring so that the semen is contained in the condom and gently pull the condom out of your vagina. Dispose of the female condom in the trash and not the toilet.
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If you do not understand your female condom results, consult with your doctor.
You are capable of having safer sex which can be a good preventive measure against unplanned pregnancy and contraction of sexually transmitted infections.
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