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Female Condom


What is a female condom?

The female condom is a polyurethane sheath or pouch about 17 cm (6.5 inches) in length. It is worn by a woman during sex. It entirely lines the vagina and it helps to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) including HIV.


What are the features of the female condom?

At each end of the condom there is a flexible ring. At the closed end of the sheath, the flexible ring is inserted into the vagina to hold the female condom in place. At the other open end of the sheath, the ring stays outside the vulva at the entrance to the vagina. This ring acts as a guide during penetration and it also stops the sheath bunching up inside the vagina. The condom is already smeared with a silicone based lubricant on its inner side.

What are the benefits of using a female condom?

The benefits of using a female condom are: Femal Condom

(i) Opportunity for women to share the responsibility for the condoms with their partners 

(ii) A woman can use the female condom if her partner refuses to use the male condom

(iii) The polyurethane, the material the female condom is made of, is less likely to cause an allergic reaction than a male latex condom.

(iv) The female condom will protect against most STDs and pregnancy if used correctly .

(v) It can be inserted up to 8 hours before intercourse so it does not interfere with the moment.

(vi) The polyurethane is thin and conducts heat well so sensation is preserved.

(vii) The female condom can be used with oil-based lubricants.

(v) No special storage requirements are needed because polyurethane is not affected by changes in temperature and dampness. The expiry date for female condoms is 5 years from the date of manufacture.

What is the effectiveness of the female condom in preventing pregnancy ?

When used correctly and consistently, effectiveness of the female condom is up to the extent of 98 %. If not used correctly or consistently, the effectivenss rate drops.

What is the correct technique in using female condom?

The correct technique in using a female condom is as follows:

(i) Open the package carefully. Choose a position that is comfortable for insertion - squat, raise one leg, sit or lie down.

correct technique in using a female condom

(ii) Squeeze the inner ring with thumb and middle finger (so it becomes long and narrow), and then insert the inner ring and sheath into the vaginal opening.

Female condom

(iii)  Place the index finger inside of the condom and push the inner ring as far as it will go.

(iv) Make sure the condom is inserted straight, and is not twisted inside the vagina. The outer ring should remain on the outside of the vagina.

Female condom

(v) The penis should be guided into the condom in order to ensure that the penis does not slip into the vagina outside the condom.

How easy to use are female condoms?

Female condoms are not difficult to use, but you may want to practice to get used to them. Women should practice putting it in and removing it, prior to using it for the first time during sexual intercourse.  It is recommended that FC may need to be tried up to three times before users become confident and comfortable using it.

Can a lubricant be used with female condoms and, if so, what kind of lubricant can be used?

Female condoms come pre-lubricated with a silicone-based, non-spermicidal lubricant.  This lubrication helps assist in the insertion of the device and allows easy movement during intercourse.  The lubricant may make FC a little slippery at first.  If the outer ring of FC gets pushed in or pulled out of the vagina, more lubricant may be needed.  Also, if FC makes noise during sex, simply add more lubricant. Female condoms can be used with both water-based  such as KY jelly and oil-based lubricants such as Vaseline and baby oil.

What is to be done if the condom slips / gets torn during the intercourse?

If the condom slips during intercourse, or if it enters the vagina, then you should stop immediately and take the female condom out. Then insert a new one and add extra lubricant to the opening of the sheath or on the penis.

How should the condom be removed and disposed off?

To remove the condom, twist the outer ring gently and then pull the condom out keeping the sperm inside. Wrap the condom in the package or in tissue and throw it away. Do not put it into the toilet.

Can a female condom be re-used?

No, a female condom should not be re-used.

What are the disadvantages in using a female condom?

The disadvantages encountered in using the female condom are as follows:

(i) The outer ring is visible outside the vagina, which can make some women feel self-conscious.

(ii) The female condom can make noises during intercourse. Adding more lubricant can help this problem.

(iii) Some women find the female condom hard to insert and to remove.

(iv) It has a higher failure rate in preventing pregnancy than non-barrier methods such as the pill.

Can a female condom and a male condom be used at the same time?

You should not use two condoms at the same time. Using the condoms simultaneously may cause friction resulting in either or both condoms slipping or tearing, and/or the displacing of the outer ring of FC to the inside of the vagina.

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