female condom

The female condom is one of the least known and used methods of contraception, but it is the only barrier birth control method for women.

The male condom is technically worn by men, even if women also benefit from its protection. But it’s worth knowing that there is an effective barrier method of contraception for women as well! 

Don’t miss the following lines if you want to learn about condoms for women!


What is the female condom?

The female condom is a condom for women: A barrier method of contraception that is placed before having sex and that prevents pregnancy with an effectiveness of 95%, if used correctly.


Isn’t it the same as the diaphragm?

No. The diaphragm is considered a barrier method of contraception because it does set a barrier that prevents sperm from penetrating the vagina instead of using condoms, but it’s not the same thing. The diaphragm won’t protect you from sexually transmitted diseases, and the female condom will.


How does the female condom work?

Female condoms can be a bit trickier to use than the regular ones, but it is equally important to use it correctly and to make sure that the penis doesn’t touch the vagina at all. 

This is how to use female condoms, step by step:

  1. Take it out of the packet as you would do a male condom, being very careful not to tear it and opening it with your fingers and not your teeth.
  2. You will see that it has two rings. The smaller one is where the closed end of the female condom is, so it is the one that goes inside the vagina. Squeeze into it, and make sure that the open end covers all the opening of your vagina.
  3. Once you’re having sex, make sure your partner penetrates your vagina inside the female condom. If the wide ring isn’t covering your vagina entrance, he could accidentally insert it between the condom and the vagina.
  4. Once the sex is over, remove it carefully by pulling from the open ring, and throw it away. You can’t reuse condoms for women!


Who can use it?

Anybody! Besides, the female condom is usually not made out of latex, so it is a safe and useful method for those who are allergic to latex.


What are the advantages of the female condom?

The women condom has lots of advantages, including the following:

  • It’s a birth control method for women, so you will be able to put it and to control it.
  • Unlike the rest of birth control methods for the ladies, it doesn’t have any hormones, and thus no side effects.
  • Unlike the male condom, it doesn’t have to interrupt sex, because, like the diaphragm, you can put it in before having sex, up to 8 hours prior!
  • It’s very resistant and it doesn’t break as easily as the male condom, since it’s made of polyurethane.
  • It adjusts perfectly to the vagina and doesn’t put any pressure on the penis.
  • It may increase pleasure in some cases, since the open ring at the entrance of the vagina may touch your clitoris!
  • It’s a barrier birth control method, so you will be protected against STDs, as will your partner.


And what are the disadvantages?

Of course, the female condom has some disadvantages too – it was too good to be true! At the beginning, it may seem difficult to use, and that in fact puts off many women. That, together with the fact that it is little known, causes that only 1% of women choose it as birth control method. However, once you get used to it, it isn’t difficult to use at all!

Another disadvantage is that girl condoms are a tad more expensive than the male condom, and more difficult to find. Not all pharmacies sell it. 


Can I use lubricant with it? 

There is no need to do so, since the female condom already comes lubricated. However, if you want to use some extra, you can also do it. Besides, with the condom for women you have more options, since the material it’s made of also admits the use of oil-based lubricants, which can’t be used with latex. However, ask your pharmacist beforehand to be extra safe.


Is there anything else that I should know about the female condom?

Yes. Always make sure that the female condoms that you buy have the CE mark on the packet, which means that they fulfil the quality standards of the European Union.


Now you know that there is something called the female condom and that it can be of great use – so don’t be shy and try it! You may discover your preferred method of contraception.