What is it?
The female condom is a pouch that gets inserted in the vagina is used during intercourse to prevent pregnancy and reduce the risk of sexually transmitted diseases. It has flexible rings at each end. The ring at the open end stays outside the vaginal opening during intercourse. The ring at the closed end gets inserted into the back of the vagina. During anal intercourse, it is inserted into the anus.
How does it work?
Female condoms work to prevent pregnancy by covering the inside of the vagina. They collect pre-cum and semen when a man ejaculates. This keeps sperm from getting into the vagina. Pregnancy cannot happen if sperm cannot join with an egg. By covering the inside of the vagina or anus and keeping semen and pre-cum out, the female condom reduces the chance of sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
What are the benefits?
- It can be inserted up to eight hours before sex
- It protects against STIs and HIV
- It may be pleasurable for the woman as the outer ring may stimulate the clitoris (clit)
- No prescription is necessary
- A great option for people who are allergic to latex as the female condom is made of polyurethane which is another form of rubber
- It doesn’t affect a woman’s natural hormones
What is the downside?
- It may cause irritation of the vagina, vulva, penis, or anus
- It may reduce feeling during intercourse
- If not used the right way, the female condom can increase your chances of getting pregnant
How can I get it?
The female condom is available at clinics, drugstores, online, and in some supermarkets.
How much does it cost?
The female condoms can cost between $2 to $4. You can get them at family planning clinics, drugstores, online, and in some supermarkets.