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The female condom works in much the same way as the male condom – the main difference is who’s wearing it. While a male condom is rolled over the erect penis, the female condom is slipped inside the vagina where it creates a thin, yet lubricated, polyurethane barrier that stops sperm from reaching the cervix. It also protects against STIs, and requires no hormones or additional contraceptive methods to work.
Like all condoms, you need to use a new one each time you have sex. The female condom has a ring at the closed end, which keeps it in place inside the vagina. To put the condom in, simply squeeze that flexible ring and insert the condom as you would insert a tampon. Push it in as far as you can – the closed end should cover the cervix and the open end should hang a couple of centimeters outside your vagina. After you've had sex, carefully grab the open end, twist to close it, and carefully remove the condom without spilling anything. Then simply throw it away and make sure you have a new condom for the next time.
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EFFICACY WITH PERFECT USE
Female condoms are self-administered and bought over the counter. When inserted perfectly every time they are effective, even more so when used with spermicides.View ’Typical’ Use Efficacy Rate
EFFICACY WITH TYPICAL USE
Female condoms are self-administered and bought over the counter. Using them takes some practice and care, and we all make mistakes. Its efficacy is dependent on how it is used, and as such it is less effective with typical use.View ’Perfect’ Use Efficacy Rate
No. The female condom is hormone-free.
Ease of Use
The female condom needs to be inserted in the vagina up to 24 hours prior to intercourse, and must be left in place for at least 6 hours afterwards. A new one must be used each time you have sex.
The female condom has no impact on menstruation.
The female condom can be used during menstruation.
No. Two condoms should not be used at the same time. Friction caused when they rub together during sex can lead to a condom break. Using one condom (either male or female) provides protection to both partners. Another form of contraception should ideally be used in addition for extra precaution.
No. A new condom should be used each time you have sex.
A female condom is similar in length to a male condom, but it is wider because, once placed, it lines the walls of the vagina and allows the erect penis to move inside the sheath during sex.
The female condom covers the cervix. The opening of your cervix (the neck of your womb) is very small so it’s unlikely for the condom to get lost inside your body. If you have concerns about placement, please speak to your doctor or nurse.
Allergic reactions to female condoms are rare, though some women may experience mild irritation. Make sure you read the label to check if you are allergic to the condom’s material before using one.
Female condoms are similar in appearance to male condoms, but are larger.
Squeeze the condom’s flexible ring and place the condom in as you would a tampon. Push it in as far as you can – the closed end should cover the cervix and the open end should hang a couple of centimeters outside your vagina.
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The cervix’s tiny opening makes it impossible for the female condom to disappear inside your body.
The number of female condoms provided through international and nongovernmental funding sources in 2009.
Like male condoms, the female condom is hormone free.
- It’s self-administered and used on demand.
- It can be used when breastfeeding.
- It is hormone-free and can be an option for women who experience unwanted effects from hormones.
- It provides protection against HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
- Can be used with spermicides to increase effectiveness.
- Using a female condom can take some practice.
- It can tear if not placed properly.
- Some people experience allergic reactions to latex condoms.
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