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What's Up With The Female Condom?

What's Up With The Female Condom?

If you're sick of using regular condoms while having sex, but still want to be protected against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) like HIV, the female condom might be the answer.

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 read more


  • 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.

Check out these Adriana Bertini dresses posted by Fab. They're made out of condoms to increase people's awareness about AIDS.

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.

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