The Female Condom (FC) was approved by the FDA in 1993 to help prevent pregnancy and STIs. The FC has been distributed in 77 countries throughout Africa, Latin and South America, Australia, Asia, and several countries in Europe. It was invented to empower women with another form of protection as an alternative to a male condom.
How do you use it?
Rub the outsides of the pouch together to ensure the proper amount of lubricant is spread over the condom. Then locate the arrow at the right-hand corner of the pouch and tear the package open. Examine the condom to make sure it is not damaged. Sit or lay down to insert the Female Condom (FC) and follow the diagram seen below.
What are the benefits to using it?
- It can be inserted several hours ahead of time
- It is made of nitrile (a non-latex material) for individuals who are allergic or don’t like the smell of latex
- It conducts heat better than latex
- The manufacture claims it feels more natural because it clings to the walls of the vagina and fits loosely around the penis.
- The ring on the outside of the condom covers more of the vulva which gives her and her partner more protection from skin-to-skin STIs.
- The ring may rub against the clitoris creating more pleasure for the woman wearing it.
- The condom can stay in, even if her partner loses his erection
- Unlike male condoms, heat will not destroy FC’s
- Lubrication can be water-based, silicone based, or oil based
- Women can protect themselves with an FC when their partner does not want to use a male condom
- The condom can be used for anal sex (though it is only approved by the FDA for vaginal sex)
Try another option to keep yourself safe this year – try the female condom!