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There are two main kinds of condoms — female condoms and latex condoms. Here are some of the most common questions we hear women ask about female condoms.
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 pre-cum and semen when a man ejaculates. This keeps sperm from entering the vagina. Pregnancy cannot happen if sperm cannot join with an egg.
By covering the inside of the vagina or anus and keeping semen and pre-cum 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.
Effectiveness is also a concern when it comes to safer sex. The female condom also reduces the risk of many sexually transmitted infections, including HIV.
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
Most people can use female condoms with no problems for themselves or their partners.
Some women and men may not like the female condom because it may
With a little practice, female condoms are very easy to use.
To insert the female condom
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
Do not reuse the female condom.
You can also learn how to insert a female condom by watching this brief video.
The female condom is available at your local Planned Parenthood health center, other family planning clinics, drugstores, online, and in some supermarkets.
Nationwide and online, a female condom costs about $2-4. But costs vary from community to community.
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