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What is it?
condom is intended to be worn by women during sex. It can help prevent
pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS.
A female condom is a soft, loose fitting plastic pouch
that lines the vagina. It has a soft ring at each end. The
ring at the closed end is used to put the device inside
the vagina and holds it in place. The other ring stays outside
the vagina and partly covers the lip area.
How do you use a female
1. Before you insert female condom
When to use a female condom?
||• Find a comfortable position. Try
standing with one foot up on a chair, or sit with knees
apart, or squat down.
• Be sure the inner ring is at
the bottom, the closed-end of the pouch.
• If you wish, add a drop of extra
lubricant to the closed-end outside tip of the pouch or
to the outside ring for extra comfort before you insert
2. To insert female condom
• Hold the pouch with the
open end hanging down. While holding the outside of the pouch,
squeeze the inner ring with your thumb and middle finger.
• Place your index finger between
the thumb and middle finger and keep squeezing the inner
• Or squeeze (b) - whichever is
easier for you.
• Still squeezing the condom
with your hand, insert the squeezed female condom. Take your time.
If the condom is too slippery to insert, let it go and start over.
• Now push the inner ring and
the pouch the rest of the way up into the vagina with
your index finger, check to be sure the inner ring is
up just past the pubic bone. You will feel the pubic bone
by curving your index finger when it is a couple of inches
inside the vagina.
• Make sure the condom is
inserted straight into the vagina. It is also important that the
outside ring lies against the outer lips.
• About one inch of the open
end will stay outside your body. This part of the condom helps
protect you and your partner during sex.
3. During Intercourse
• You may notice that the
condom moves around during sex.
• Movement side-so-side of
the outer ring is normal.
• Sometimes the condom may
slip up and down in the vagina, ‘riding’ on the penis.
If you notice the condom is slipping, add lubricant to the penis
or inside the pouch.
• If you begin to feel the
outer ring being pushed into the vagina, STOP. If the penis starts
to enter underneath or beside the sheath, STOP. Take out the condom.
Put in a new female condom, and add extra lubricant to the opening
of the pouch or on the penis. Make sure the outside part lies
over the lip area.
4. After Intercourse
• To take out the condom,
squeeze and twist the outer ring to keep the sperm inside the
pouch. Pull out gently. Throw away in a trash can. Do not flush.
Do not reuse.
condom can be inserted up to 8 hours before sex. However, most women
insert a condom between 2 to 20 minutes before sex. The condom should
be removed after sex and before you stand up. It is for one-time
use. Use a new condom with each sex act.
Problems using a female condom
women have reported problems using female condoms. One of the problems
is the outer ring can be pushed inside the vagina during sex. Some
women have also reported that the penis slipped to the side of the
device on entering the vagina. Other problems include difficulty
inserting female condom, minor irritation, discomfort and breakage.
condom at normal room temperature. Do not use condom beyond its
expiration date because it will not work as well.
FAQ - Female Condom
you may have about the proper use of female condom
Q: Will female condom always protect
against pregnancy and STDs?
A: No method is 100 percent effective.
Latex condoms for men are highly effective at preventing sexually
transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS, if used properly. If
you are not going to use a male condom, you can use a female condom
to help protect yourself and your partner.
Q: How do I know when condom
is up further enough?
A: Using your index finger, push
the device so that the lower ring of the device is against the
public bone. You will find the public bone by curving your index
finger when it is a couple of inches inside the vagina.
Q: What do I do if the
outer ring is pushed inside the vagina?
A: STOP. Remove the condom device.
Insert a new condom according the directions. This problem can
occur if there isn’t enough lubricant or if the inner ring
isn’t in the proper position.
Q: Will a female condom
be noisy during sex?
A: If properly lubricated, there
should be little noise. If you experience noise during sex, add
Q: Will I feel the female
condom once it is in place?
A: Some people may feel the condom
and some may not if it is properly in place and lubricated.
Q: Will the condom rip
or tear while I am using it?
A: Studies show that female condoms
rips or tears less than 1% of the time. If you think condom has
been ripped or torn, remove it right away, and insert a new condom
Q: What does the outer
ring feel like during sex?
A: While aware that the outer ring
is there, most women say that once they become comfortable with
how it looks, they forget about it and don’t feel during
Q: What do I do if condom does not stay
in place during sex?
A: If condom moves around the vagina
causing discomfort, either push it back up or remove the condom.
If you push it back up, add lubricant. If you remove it, use a
new one and add extra lubricant.