The female condom is a contraceptive method that In addition to acting as a birth control device, it protects against sexually transmitted diseases. There is a series of data that you must know before proceeding with its use.
Data on the female condom
1. How is it placed?
The female condom creates a protective barrier from the vagina to the cervix.
The female condom consists of two rings: one at the closed end and one at the open end. To place it correctly you must take into account the following:
- The inner ring has to be placed on the cervixTo do this, insert the closed end into your vagina and push the ring until you feel it reach the cervix.
- The outer ring covers the vulva and does not have to be inserted into the vagina. Make sure it protrudes about 2-3 cm.
2. How is it removed?
To remove it, you have to locate the outer ring, tighten it, fold it and pull it gently. It is important that you do not reuse condoms, you have to use a new one every time you have a sexual relationship with penetration. Also, remember that it can not be discarded by the toilet: to avoid obstructions, it must be thrown away.
3. Advantages of the use of female condoms
- It protects against sexually transmitted diseases.
- Protects against unwanted pregnancies.
- It does not require a medical prescription.
- It's cheap and easy to get.
- Being a non-hormonal contraceptive method, there is hardly any risk of side effects.
- It allows the woman to gain control over her sexual health without relying on the male condom.
- It does not need that the penis is erect and it can be placed up to eight hours before maintaining the sexual relation.
- It can be used during menstruation and pregnancy.
- It is easy to place and remove.
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4. Disadvantages of the use of female condoms
To avoid vaginal dryness during penetration you can use intimate lubricants that improve the experience of relationships.
- Although it is not common, it can cause allergic reactions (itching, swelling).
- There is no direct contact between the penis and the vagina, therefore, it is possible that stimulation decreases. In addition, friction can lead to a lack of lubrication, which can lead to unsatisfactory sexual relationships. The use of lubricant usually helps to counteract these inconveniences.
- The condom can break.
- The outer ring can slip into the vagina during intercourse.
- The condom can be released from the vagina.
5. How is the female condom different from the male condom?
Unlike the male condom, which is usually made of latex, female or internal condoms are made from polyurethane or nitrile. Thus, It can be used in people who are allergic to the male condom components.
Nor are they usually affected by humidity or temperature changes, as if it happens in the case of male condoms. In addition, instead of being placed on the penis, the female condom is placed inside the vagina.
6. Is it an adequate method for me?
It is important that Visit your doctor or gynecologist to assess your personal situation and determine the best contraceptive method for your particular case.
Thanks to the variety of devices on the market, you can choose the one that best suits your needs and change it according to the stage in which you find yourself. In general, you should evaluate other contraceptive methods other than condoms in the following situations:
- You have a stable sexual partner and you maintain relationships frequentlyIn this case, you could consider some contraceptive method that does not require placement every time you are going to have a sexual relationship (IUD, birth control pills), since the female condom is more suitable for sporadic relationships.
- You are sensitive or you are allergic to nitrile or polyurethane.
- You present difficulties to insert and place the condom correctly.
- You present anatomical anomalies that interfere in the adjustment of the female condom.
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7. Is it an effective method?
With correct use, the effectiveness of this contraceptive barrier method is greater than 95%.
The effectiveness of the female condom depends on whether you make correct use of it. If used in all sexual relationships and placed correctly, they have a 95% effectiveness. But, since the conditions are not usually given for its use to be perfect, effectiveness decreases to 79%.
In case you need more protection, you can use the female condom along with birth control pills, intrauterine devices (IUDs) or contraceptive implants. It should not be used together with a male condom, because far from increasing efficiency, it could cause breakage due to friction between different materials.