Protection For Females: Female Condoms
As a sexually active female, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are something that should always be on your mind. Relying on the male to wear a condom, is not always the best option. You should be in control of your body and protect yourself with a female condom. This will also give you peace of mind during intercourse.
What is a Female Condom and How Does it Work?
Condoms for men are, of course, one of the most popular contraceptives. However, female condoms are a great alternative. This form of contraceptive is used to help prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases in women.
The female condom is a pouch with a soft ring on each end. The inner ring or closed end holds the condom into place and the outer, which is open-ended ring remains outside the vagina.
The female condom can be inserted into the vagina or anus. This form of protection covers the inside of your vagina and forms a barrier to prevent sperm from reaching the egg. The only FDA-approved female condom is currently the FC2, which is made of synthetic rubber. This is a great advantage to those allergic to latex. Even though the condom can be used for anal sex, it is important to note that these condoms have not been officially approved for this used.
If you are planning to take part in sexual intercourse, whether it is vaginal or anal, a condom should be worn. If your male partner does not want to wear a condom, or if you would rather take control, you should choose to wear a female condom.
How Do You Use a Female Condom?
When inserting the female condom, it is important to follow the directions and ensure that it is properly inserted. If it is not inserted into the vagina properly, it might be less effective or not effective at all. Also, if it slips out of place during intercourse, it is important to stop, remove the condom carefully and insert a new condom. Failure to do so can lead to an increased chance or pregnancy or an STI.
To insert the condom, you can either squat or lay down with your legs bent and spread apart. This contraceptive is often lubricated, but you may need to use additional lubrication. Squeeze the inner ring and insert into your vaginal opening. Then, push the inner ring and pouch past your pubic bone. The outside ring will be about an inch outside of your vagina. During intercourse, the condom will fit properly into place. Following intercourse, you just need to pull on the outer ring and the condom will slide right out. This should be removed immediately after sexual intercourse.
How Effective is the Female Condom?
As a sexually active female, pregnancy is not the only thing you should protect yourself from. It is also important to protect yourself against STIs, such as HIV/ AIDS. Similar to male condoms, if used properly, the female condom is 95% effective in protecting women against pregnancy and STIs. When it is not used properly, the effectiveness of the female condom is reduced to 79%. Therefore, you have a 21% chance of getting pregnant or receiving an STI.
One benefit of this contraceptive is that it is not only for the vagina, but can also be used in the anus. Therefore, you will still be protected whether you choose vaginal sex or anal sex.
However, it is important to note that you should not use the female condom and male condom at the same time. This could cause one or both of the condoms to break, which could decrease effectiveness.
Other Benefits of Protection for Females
Protecting yourself against STIs and preventing pregnancy are, of course, the two major benefits of using a female condom. However, there are several other benefits when choosing to use this form of protection.
- Female condoms can be purchased without a prescription. You can find them online or in a drug store. Plus, they are also very affordable.
- You do not need to get fitted for this contraceptive. Unlike other contraceptives, such as the diaphragm, the female condom adjusts to fit inside your vagina or anus.
- They allow the female to take control of their sexual health. If your partner does not want to wear a condom, you can protect yourself and reduce the risk of STIs or pregnancy. It also gives you both the opportunity to take turns wearing the protection, instead of having the male always wear it.
- They are said to increase pleasure for both the female and male during sex. Both the outer ring and inner ring of the female condom help stimulate both the clitoris and the penis during sex.
- It does not cause the hormonal side effects as birth control pills, IUD or other contraceptives, such as acne, weight gain, and menstrual changes.
- Female condoms can be inserted for up to eight hours prior to intercourse.
Disadvantages of the Female Condom
Like all contraceptives, there are some disadvantages to using the female condom. However, it is based on preference and you might find that this protection does not have any disadvantages.
- Female condoms are said to be slightly noisy during intercourse
- They are less discreet than other forms of protection, as the outer ring does stick out of the vagina.
- They can slip out of place during intercourse, so it is important that you make sure it remains in place.
As a female, you should not always rely on your male partner to use protection during intercourse. By using a female condom you can protect yourself from unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. These contraceptives can be purchased online or over the counter in your local drug store. Whether you choose a female condom, male condom, birth control pills or an IUD, taking control of your sex life is important, so do not hesitate to learn more about female condoms or other forms of contraception while you are sexually active.