What is it?
The female condom is a thin, soft
plastic condom that is placed inside the vagina. It is the only
female-controlled method that helps prevent both sexually transmitted
infections and pregnancy.
How effective is it?
The effectiveness rate of the female
condom is similar to the male condom (i.e. about 90-95% with "perfect"
use, and from 80-85% with "average" use).
Advantages and Disadvantages
Listed below are some advantages and disadvantages of the new
* Latex free, reducing risk of allergy
* Reduces "friction" and irritation of vaginal lining
(helpful for women post partum, breast-feeding or at menopause
when dryness is a problem)
* 40% stronger than latex
* Has no odour
* Any lubricant can be used
* Heat conductive so warms up as soon as inserted
* Less disruptive to love-making (can be inserted up to 8 hours
* Sold in stores - no prescription needed
* Better for men who loose an erection while/after putting on
a latex condom
* There are reports of increased sensitivity and pleasure for
* The soft flexible ring at the open-end covers a larger surface
area offering greater protection for each partner
* Some women find the outer ring stimulates the clitoris and increases
As with latex condoms for men,
the female condom helps protect against pregnancy and sexually
transmitted infections (STD's), including HIV.
* The outer ring hangs about 2.5cm outside the vagina., therefore
it is difficult to hide the use of the female condom
* During sex there may be noises caused by the friction. Extra
lubrication may minimize this.
* Practice may be necessary to learn how to put the condom in
* It is possible for the penis to enter the vagina "beside"
* The cost is approximately $3.50 - $5.00 each.
Each package of female condoms includes detailed instructions
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