Q: What is a female condom?
Female condom is a thin, soft, loose fitting sheath with a flexible ring at both ends and is made up of Polyurethane. It looks just like a male condom except that it has two rings.
It completely lines vaginal walls and helps to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) including HIV.
Q: IS IT SAFE?
It is very safe. If used correctly and consistently, it is highly effective (95% success rate)
It gives power to women to save themselves from STDs, pregnancy, HIV etc. The best part is it has no medical side effects like oral pills.
It is a great option for couples who are allergic to latex.
Q: ANY DISADVANTAGES?
It may feel uncomfortable or difficult to insert but with time and practice, it can become easier and acceptable.
Rarely may it cause irritation of genital areas (vagina or penis). Some couples find it difficult to use as it may slip into vagina and interrupt intercourse.
Q: WHERE CAN I BUY ONE?
Female Condoms are easily available from pharmacy, supermarkets and online websites .But are little expensive than male condom.
Q: HOW TO INSERT A FEMALE CONDOM?
The correct way of using it is as given below:
- Take the condom out of the pocket (do not tear it while opening the packet)
- Push the smaller ring at the closed end of condom and insert it into vagina with the help of thumb or middle finger so that it becomes long and narrow
- Make sure that the larger ring at the open end covers the entire vaginal opening
- Penis should enter into the female condom, not between condom and vaginal wall
- Remove the condom immediately after intercourse by slowly pulling it out or you can squeeze and twist the larger ring. Make sure there is no leakage of semen into vagina
Dispose it off by wrapping it properly into the bin, down in the toilet.
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