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The female condom is a pouch that is used during intercourse to prevent pregnancy and reduce the risk of sexually transmitted diseases. It has flexible rings at each end. Just before vaginal intercourse, it is inserted deep into the vagina. The ring at the closed end holds the pouch in the vagina. The ring at the open end stays outside the vaginal opening during intercourse. And during anal intercourse, it is inserted into the anus. Female condoms work to prevent pregnancy by covering the inside of the vagina. They collect semen when a man ejaculates. This keeps sperm from entering the vagina.
By covering the inside of the vagina or anus and keeping semen out, condoms reduce the risk of sexually transmitted infections. Effectiveness is a common concern when choosing a birth control method. Like all birth control methods, the female condom is more effective when you use it correctly. Almost everyone can use female condoms safely. In fact, female condoms can be used by just about any woman who can use a tampon. They are also safe to use during anal sex. Using a female condom is safe, simple, and convenient. Women and men like female condoms because female condoms allow women to share responsibility for preventing infection are easy to get - can be purchased in drugstores and some supermarkets can be inserted by a partner as part of sex play can be used by people who are allergic to latex can be used with oil-based as well as water-based lubricants do not have an effect on a woman's natural hormones do not require a prescription may enhance sex play - the external ring may stimulate the clitoris during vaginal intercourse stay in place whether or not a man maintains his erection.
How to Insert The Female Condom:
- Put spermicide or lubricant on the outside of the closed end.
- Find a comfortable position. You can stand with one foot on a chair, sit on the edge of a chair, lie down, or squat.
- Squeeze together the sides of the inner ring at the closed end of the condom and insert it into the vagina like a tampon.
- Push the inner ring into the vagina as far as it can go - until it reaches the cervix.
- Pull out your finger and let the outer ring hang about an inch outside the vagina.
- If you want to use the female condom for anal intercourse, follow above instructions for inserting it into the anus.
- During vaginal intercourse, it is normal for the female condom to move side to side. Stop intercourse if the penis slips between the condom and the walls of the vagina or if the outer ring is pushed into the vagina. As long as your partner has not yet ejaculated, you can gently remove the condom from the vagina, add extra spermicide or lubricant, and insert it once again.
- If your partner has ejaculated outside the female condom into your vagina, you may want to consider using emergency contraception (morning after pill). Emergency contraception can prevent pregnancy if started up to five days after unprotected intercourse. The sooner you start it, the better it will work.
- To remove the female condom
- Squeeze and twist the outer ring to keep semen inside the pouch.
- Gently pull it out of the vagina or anus.
- Throw it away. Do not flush it down the toilet.
- Do not reuse the female condom.
The FC2 female condom is a nitrile sheath or pouch 17 cm (6.7 in) in length. At each end 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. The other end of the sheath stays outside the vulva at the entrance to the vagina. This ring acts as a guide during penetration and stops the sheath from shifting during intercourse. There is a silicone-based lubricant on the inside of the condom, but additional lubrication can be used. The condom does not contain spermicide. The original version of the FC2 female condom (brand names included Reality, Femy and Femidom), was made of polyurethane. As this was a relatively expensive material, the makers of the FC female condom released the FC2 version made of the cheaper nitrile material.
The VA w.o.w.® Feminine Condom (Reddy Female Condom) is manufactured by Medtech Products Ltd. This latex condom has a pouch attached to its rounded triangular opening and a sponge to secure it inside a woman’s vagina. It is available through the private sector in several countries, including South Africa, Brazil, and India. The VA w.o.w.® Feminine Condom recently received the CE mark, a certification that it meets European Union consumer health requirements. It is also under review by the
The Woman’s Condom, developed by PATH, through a user-centered design process, is a new female contraceptive designed for improved acceptability, ease of use, and good sensation. The Woman’s Condom is a polyurethane pouch that is partially enclosed in a capsule to aid insertion. The capsule dissolves quickly after insertion in the vagina, which releases the pouch. The condom is then held stable in the woman by foam pads. The Woman's Condom is packaged dry and comes with a small sachet of water-based lubricant to be applied at point of use. PATH licensed manufacturing and distribution of the Woman's Condom to the Shanghai Dahua Medical Apparatus Company in 2008. Dahua has received the South Africa Bureau of Standards (SABS) certification marking (2013), Shanghai Food and Drug Administration Approval (2011), and the CE Mark approval (2010) for the Woman's Condom, which allows for marketing and distribution of the product in South Africa, China and Europe, respectively. The Woman's Condom is currently under review by the WHO/United Nations Population Fund Technical Review Committee; the Committee's approval could lead to bulk public-sector purchase by United Nations agencies.
Natural Sensation Female Condom:
The Natural Sensation Panty Condom is distributed in the US exclusively by the ACME Condom Company. It is manufactured by Natural Sensation Compañia Ltda. (NS) based in Bogotá, Colombia. The product is made of a polyethylene resin, which is stronger and thinner than latex. Unlike latex, polyethylene is anti-allergenic, ultra sensitive, transparent and odorless. Natural Sensation’s condoms are lubricated and may be used with either oil- or water-based lubricants.
Some other brands of female condoms include:
- Silk Parasol Female Condom
- The Phoenurse Female Condom
- Cupid's Female Condom
- The ORIGAMI Female Condom