Are There Restrictions When Using the Female Condom?
Most forms of birth control have restrictions and limitations as to their use, so that they’re used effectively and work properly. As an example, you need to take your birth control pills every day for the hormones in those pills to build up in your system and work to prevent pregnancy, and spermicidal foams and jellies should be reapplied every time you have intercourse even during the same sexual encounter.
Female condoms are very effective at preventing unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases, but they need to be used properly. These condoms are long, thin sheaths that fit inside a woman’s vagina or anus to provide a barrier between her and her partner. While they are very strong and meant to resist breaking and tearing, it’s advised to use a new one during each sexual encounter.
It’s also important to use a new female condom when you switch from the vagina to anal sex, or back. Fecal matter can get on the condom when in the anal canal, and moving this to vagina can cause a buildup of bacteria and infections. If you’ve already used it in the vagina, it’s best to insert a new one if you switch to anal sex as overusing it may cause it to weaken and tear.
All condoms have expiration dates, so check these and buy a new supply if yours have expired. After the expiration date they may get weaker and have a greater risk of tearing, so it’s best to have new condoms at all times.