Protection for Females
The female condom is a thin, lubricated pouch that fits inside and lines the vagina.
The female condom has many of the same benefits as the male condom, including convenience, affordability, STD protection, and lack of side effects. Female condoms are slightly more expensive, averaging $3, but they can easily be found at most drugstores, supermarkets, or healthcare centers. One potential benefit of the female condom compared to the male version is that women can take independent, more active responsibility in preventing pregnancy. Because female condoms can be inserted up to eight hours before intercourse, women can also prepare for intercourse in advance.
While female condoms are simple to use, some women find them irritating to insert and bothersome during sex. Practice and experience with the female condom usually eases concerns. Like the male condom, the female condom must be used properly and consistently in order to be effective.