Female condoms are a sheath of polyurethane that is inserted into the vagina. They can be inserted up to 8 hours before intercourse. They are about 6.5 inches long, and have two soft rings. The ring at the closed end is inserted into the vagina, and the open ring is left at the opening of the vagina.
Female condoms do not have spermicide on them, but you can add spermicide before or after insertion to help reduce the risk of pregnancy. Female condoms do have some silicone-based lubricant on them, but you can add more lubricant if you want.
Female condoms should not be used at the same time as male condoms, because the friction can lead to the condoms breaking.
The advantages of female condoms are that they do not rely on the man to put them on. The outer ring of the condom can cause clitoral stimulation. Female condoms can be used by people with latex allergies.
A female condom lines the vagina without constricting the penis. It does not interrupt foreplay when inserted in advance, and it does not have to be removed immediately after ejaculation. It does not need a male erection to be effective, like the male condom does.
The disadvantages of the female condom are that they can be tricky to insert initially. Learn how to use a female condom. They might be noisy, but that can be helped by adding more lubricant. If they are irritating to the vagina or penis, consider adding more lubricant as well. You can see the outer ring of the female condom when it is inserted.
Another disadvantage of the female condom is that they might slip into the vagina during intercourse. If this is the case, simply reach your finger up to hook it on the condom, and get a new one.
Female condoms, like male condoms, should only be used once. You should not use them for anal sex. To use them for oral sex, cut the top ring off, and slice down the tube to get a rectangle of plastic to be used as a dental dam during oral sex.
Some brands of female condoms include FC Female Condom, Femidom, and Reality.
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