The Disadvantages of Using a Female Condom
Using a female condom has many advantages; one is that you have more control over the protection offered against HIV and sexually transmitted diseases, for you and your partner. The female condom is also without hormones and other risky elements, and is easy to obtain since it needs no prescription for its use.
However, the female condom is not without its own disadvantages. One is that it may cause irritation on the skin along the vagina or anus when used. A good lubricant can help to alleviate this, or you may want to switch brands if you notice this being a problem for you or your partner.
The female condom may also slip during intercourse and need to be adjusted. While it’s very effective as a birth control method, it does have a small failure rate of 5%, meaning you have a 5 in 100 chance of getting pregnant with each use. You can lower this failure rate if you use a second form of birth control such as a diaphragm, spermicidal foam, or withdrawing before ejaculation.
Using a female condom may also interfere with the sensation of sexual intercourse in the same manner as a male condom. Using sex toys such as a vibrator or manual stimulation during intercourse may make up for this reduced sensation.
You may also need to find your female condoms online or at a specialty store, as not all pharmacies stock them as often as they do male condoms. Be sure you try it on your own before sexual intercourse so you know how to use it properly.