Also known as
the vaginal pouch, the female condom is a disposable sheath
designed to protect a woman from pregnancy and STDs by lining
the vagina. It is made of soft polyurethane and not latex like men's condoms.
It can also be used
with a spermicide for added protection. The condom does comes pre-lubricated with a silicone-based, non-spermicidal lubricant, however a spermicial lubricant can be used for added protection.
do I use it?
read the package insert first. There will be pictures to help
with insertion in the insert. Use care when opening the condom
package. Stand with one leg on a chair or the toilet. Holding
the condom with the open end down, squeeze the inner ring
between your thumb and middle finger. You can use your index
finger to hold the condom steady. Still squeezing the ring,
insert the inner ring into your vagina. You may need to use
some of the lubricant contained in the package before you
insert the ring. You can tell that it is in place when the
inner ring is up just past the pubic bone. You can feel your
pubic bone by curving your finger towards your front when
it is a couple of inches inside your vagina. Then put your
finger inside the sheath until you can feel the bottom of
the inner ring. Now push the ring up into the vagina. Then
push the inner ring high into the vagina, over your cervix.
Use your index finger to push the ring past the pubic bone.
It is two inches or so inside your vagina. The outer ring
stays outside, resting open against your outer vaginal lips.
intercourse, guide the penis into the pouch. You can add
lubricant inside or outside the pouch to make it more comfortable.
After sex, do not stand up with the condom still in. (Sperm
could leak into your vagina.) While yet lying down, twist
the outer ring to close off the semen inside; now pull it
out gently. Tie a knot in it and throw it in the trash (not
the toilet). Use a new condom each time you have sexual
intercourse. As extra protection against pregnancy, you
can insert extra spermicidal cream, jelly, or foam into
the vagina after removing the condom.
method allows a woman to protect herself from STDs as well
as pregnancy. Because the vaginal pouch does not require the
male to be fully erect, it can be inserted well before penetration
There is no need for withdrawal immediately following
male orgasm, unlike traditional condoms.
is fairly new and the information on effective use is somewhat
Some women complain
that the sheath moves, or is noisy, as in squeaking,
or it is uncomfortable.
not been accurately studied at this time.
women who have a problem with vaginal dryness may need additional lubrication as they may find the FC to cause vaginal dryness.
a female condom.
Condoms come 3 to a pack.
female condom (often known by the name Reality Female Condom) is
a polyurethane pouch about 15 cm in length, which is worn by a woman
during sex. It entirely lines the vagina and it helps to prevent
pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.
each end of the condom there is a flexible ring. At the closed end
of the sheath the flexible ring is inserted into the vagina to hold
the female condom in place. At the other open end of the sheath
the ring stays outside the vulva at the entrance to the vagina.
This ring acts as a guide during penetration and it also stops the
sheath bunching up inside the vagina.
There is silicone-based lubricant on the inside of the condom, but
additional lubrication can be used. The condom does not contain
spermicide and it should not be used at the same time as a latex
The female condom first became available in 1992. Since then more
than 18 million have been sold around the world.
From clinical studies the makers state that the female condom:
1. prevents unwanted pregnancies
2. prevents the transmission of STDs, including HIV/AIDS
3. increases the number of protected sexual acts
4. is acceptable to a wide range of women and men
5. is safe (As with all condoms, safety depends on correct and consistent
use of the condom).
They squeak if you didn't use enough lubrication, btw.