Tips for Using the Female Condom
The female condom is a long and thin sheath that is inserted inside a woman’s vagina or anus to give her protection during sexual intercourse. Like a male condom, it provides a barrier between partners and is used to prevent pregnancy for vaginal intercourse and as protection against HIV and sexually transmitted diseases for both vaginal and anal sex.
Before you use a female condom during intercourse, try it yourself so you get accustomed to how it fits and know that you can insert it easily. The female condom has a flexible ring on either end that keeps it in place. The exterior ring will stay outside your vagina or anus in order to keep it in place, so note this as you insert it and ensure it’s in place properly.
You may also want to use an additional lubricant when you use a female condom, but be sure you choose those that are safe to use with condoms. Often a female condom can be used with oil-based lubricants such as baby oil or petroleum jelly, but be sure you read the label on the brand you choose and then decide on a lubricant. Certain materials may weaken the condom and cause it to be ineffective, so only use the ones recommended by the condom manufacturer.
Because it uses no hormones, the female condom is typically safe for anyone to use, although it may cause irritation for some. Speak to your doctor if you have concerns about using it.
Age restrictions may vary from location to location as to who may purchase a condom, so parents would want to consider carefully choices for their children when it comes to birth control.