We often think about condoms as about exclusively men’s device. But in fact, this birth control method is available for women’s use too.

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Female condoms are flexible pouches that can effectively protect you against unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted infection including HIV.

Only two types of female condoms have been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. The FC1 condoms, made of polyurethane, are not produced now. The second type (the FC2) contains synthetic hypoallergenic latex and silicone-based lubricant.

Female condoms were found to be 95% effective in preventing conception in comparison with a little bit higher (98%) efficiency of the male condoms.

It’s extremely important to use these devices correctly, if you want to provide high protection for your intercourse.

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First of all, it’s worth checking the expiry date and open the package carefully, without using scissors or teeth.

Find relaxed position like lying, squatting or sitting, as you do when insert tampon.

You can find two rings on the condom. Squash the small one and put it inside your private part as far as possible. The larger ring located at the opened end of the condom will hang outside the vagina, covering a small part of the perineum.

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During the sex be sure that partner’s penis enters the right area and doesn’t slip between your private part and external surface of the condom.

After the intercourse, twist the outer ring and pull the condom gently out from the vagina.

Many people find female condoms much more comfortable than male ones, as they don’t require male erection and may be inserted up to eight hours before expected intercourse.

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The other advantage is that female condoms can be used even by those, who have sensitive skin and are allergic to natural latex.

Be aware that the condoms are disposable things and can’t be reused. Don’t try to make a “double protection”, wearing both male and female condoms at the same time. This may result in their tearing and unwanted consequences.

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Despite high protective properties, nearly 21 of 100 women get pregnant annually despite appropriate use of female condoms during intercourses.

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Female condoms represent an extremely comfortable protective option, although they are not so widespread as male condoms, and can be a bit more expensive.

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