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Condom (Female)

A loose fitting pouch that is placed inside the vagina to prevent sperm from being ejaculated into a women’s vagina. Held in place with soft rings at each end, one is placed near the cervix and the other remains outside the vagina.

Using the female condom:

Note: Practice putting in the female condom a few times before you use it for sex.

  1. First, squeeze the inner ring with the thumb and middle finger.
  2. Then, gently push the condom into the vagina. You will feel it move into place.
  3. Next, put your index finger inside the inner ring up as far as it goes. Do not worry. It will not get lost and it will not hurt you.
  4. Add some extra lubricant to the inside of the condom or to the penis.
  5. Guide the penis into the opening of the condom. Do not let the penis go to the side of or under the opening of the condom.
  6. When you are finished having sex, twist the outer ring and gently pull the condom out. Do this before you stand up.

Effectiveness

79%

Average cost

$12.00-$15.00 for a package of 3 at the drug store

Pros

Available at drug stores

  • Does not require a prescription
  • Protects against STD/HIV
  • Is made of polyurethane, can be used by people allergic to latex

Cons

Outer ring may be pushed aside by penis during sex

  • Causes decreased feeling for some people
  • May irritate the genital area because it moves during sex

[ other forms of birth control ]

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