5 Important Facts To Know About The Female Condom

Facts About The Female Condom

The female condom, or internal condom, is a non-hormonal barrier method of birth control. But instead of going on a penis, it goes in a vagina, which is why it’s also sometimes referred to as an internal condom.

Below are some keys things to know about the female condom.

1. It might provide greater protection against herpes

That outer ring covers more surface area than a male condom, meaning there’s less skin-to-skin genital contact during sex. it is said that this could reduce the risk of transmitting skin-to-skin sexual diseases like herpes or HPV, which male condoms don’t fully protect against.

2. It might be difficult to use initially

This isn’t something you should break out for the first time right before you have sex. It takes a little bit of practice, and when it comes to pregnancy and STI protection you don’t want to just risk it.

It is recommended that the woman inserts it once or twice on her own to get used to it.

3. It comes well lubricated

As soon as you open this condom, you’ll notice that it’s pretty well lubed up. But if you’re someone who likes using coconut oil or another oil-based lubricant in bed, you’re free to do that with female condoms, too.

4. You can put it on at any time

Unlike the male condom, the female condom is not dictated by an erection. While the penis needs to be erect before you put on a male condom, you and your partner can be at any stage of sex when you insert an internal condom. You could even put it in before sex.

5. It goes inside and outside of the vagina

The internal condom basically looks like an oversized male condom, with a ring at each end. The inner ring is made of polyurethane and is there to help you push it back into the vagina so it stays in place during sex. The outer ring actually stays outside of the vagina, covering the vulva.

The condom itself is longer and looser than a male condom since it’s designed to feel and function almost like a second skin. So you might be a little shocked at how roomy it looks when you first take it out of the package.


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