Method 1 of 3: Prepare to Use the Female Condom
Understand the advantages and disadvantages of using a female condom. Before you commit to using a female condom, you should be aware of the advantages and disadvantages of using it instead of another form of birth control. Here are the pros and cons of using a female condom:
- The female condom does not require a prescription and is therefore pretty easy to get. You can find it in most drugstores and some supermarkets.
- Female condoms let women share the responsibility for preventing infection.
- Unlike the birth control pill, the female condom doesn't have an effect on a woman's natural hormones. (Though it may be used along with birth control pills for extra prevention, of course.)
- It can stay in place even if the man loses his erection.
- It can enhance your sexual experience. The external ring can stimulate the clitoris during vaginal intercourse.
- It is made with polyurethane instead of latex and can therefore be used by people with a latex allergy.
- It can be inserted up to a few hours before intercourse -- and remember that you can use the bathroom while the condom is inserted.
- The female condom may irritate the vagina, vulva, penis, or anus (if it's being used anally).
- It may slip into the vagina during intercourse.
- It can be a bit tough to insert it, especially at first.
- Wearing the female condom can create a louder noise during sex, though this can be controlled with more lubricant.
Understand how a female condom works. The female condom works like a male condom but it's inserted into the vagina. It even looks somewhat like a large condom, except it has a flexible inner ring that will be inserted into the vagina, and an outer ring that will hang about an inch from the vagina. Once the female condom is inserted, the man can insert his penis into the condom. When he ejaculates into the condom, it should be removed.
- The female condom can be effectively inserted into the vagina or the anus, and the method for insertion is very similar.
- Remember that if you are wearing a female condom, the male should not wear a condom. This will create friction that can cause one or both of the condoms to tear.