Female Condoms are not really something that is mentioned all that often. However the people that do use this barrier type of birth control have found that they are highly protective and can prevent pregnancy and most types of sexual diseases.
There are several different female condoms out there; however, the only one that’s approved by the FDA and thus available in the US is FC2 female condom. This condom is 185mm long and has a width of 76mm. That’s a lot wider than male condoms which brings one major advantage of female condoms – guys who are larger or smaller than average don’t have to worry if the female condom will fit them. They are wide enough to accept nearly all penis sizes.
So how does a female condom work?
Well there are two ends to the condom. The first is the closed end which is inserted into the vagina. The open end sits on the outside of the vagina and covers the part of the genitals. The closed end acts as protection and stops sperm from getting anywhere near the egg and fertilize it.
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Insertion of the condom isn’t too difficult. You simply place the ‘closed’ end into the vagina and make sure it stays there. The ring on the outside should help hold it in place. This ring then acts as a guide for the male to penetrate the female.
The inside of the condom is lubricated and thus offers real sexual pleasure. Many people find that they do need to use additional lubrication; however, it is worth noting that a female condom does not contain spermicide. Therefore, if you want the ultimate protection then you may wish to buy some.
There are two main materials that can be used for female condoms. The first is ‘Synthetic Nitrile’ which is similar to plastic. The second is latex, the same material that is used to make male condoms.
What you should be aware of is the fact that latex condoms are not fully approved by the FDA at the moment and thus cannot be guaranteed safe. Recent trials however have indicated that approval is going to arrive soon and that it is a highly effective form of protection.
Some females may wish to use female condoms in conjunction with other methods of birth control to begin with. This is because the ‘insertion’ of the condom is a particularly foreign process for most people.
The failure rate of a female condom is considerably higher than a male condom , however this is mainly down to the fact that most people are unaware about how to insert them correctly.
Female Condoms are one of the only types of protection that can be used by a female without visiting a clinic or taking drugs. It is no surprise that this type of condom has gained popularity so quickly with women that want to practice safe sex but do not wish to rely on their partners to remember bringing a condom.