The female condom (also called the internal condom) is about 6.5 inches long and at each end there is a flexible ring. One end is closed and that's the ring that gets inserted into your vagina, much like you would insert a diaphragm - this ring is also removable. At the other open end, the ring stays outside the vulva at the entrance to the vagina.
What are the BENEFITS?
- Female condoms actually better protect you against STIs than male condoms because they cover more of your mucous membranes.
- It's made out of polyurethane, so if you have a latex allergy, this is another option for you besides polyurethane condoms.
- They contain no spermicide which tends to irritate many women when they have sex.
- The female condom is 75% effective at preventing pregnancy when used correctly.
- Both water-based and oil-based lubricants can be used with the female condom.
- It can be inserted up to 8 hours before you have sex.
Want to know what the DISADVANTAGES are? Then
- The outer ring can be seen outside the vagina, so for some women, this makes them feel self-conscious.
- It can makes noises while you have sex, but using more lubricant may help this problem.
- Some women find it harder to insert, use, and remove compared to male condoms.
- It may be hard to find in certain countries.
- They are more expensive than male condoms, costing about $10 for a 5-pack.
Dear's Advice: Just like using any form of birth control, it takes a little practice. Here's a step-by-step guide to inserting the female condom so you can become a pro.
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With all this in mind, I am curious - do you think you would ever try this form of birth control? If you have tried it, do share your thoughts about it in the comments section below.