Female Condoms

By: Kamryn Wellington & Madison Higginbotham

The female condom is a thin, soft, loose-fitting sheath with a flexible ring at each end. it is worn internally by the female partner and provides a physical barrier to prevent exposure to ejaculated semen or other body fluids.

When used correctly, the female condom is 95% effective. When you're somewhat unsure of how to correctly use them however, they're only about 75%-80% effective.

Global Female Condom Day, Woo!

Pros:

  • allow women to share responsibility for preventing infection
  • are easy to get — can be purchased in drugstores and some supermarkets
  • can be used by people who are allergic to latex
  • can be used with oil-based as well as water-based lubricants
  • do not have an effect on a woman's natural hormones
  • do not require a prescription
  • stay in place whether or not a man maintains his erection


Cons:

  • cause irritation of the vagina, vulva, penis, or anus
  • slip into the vagina during vaginal intercourse
  • reduce feeling during intercourse

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