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How to Put on a Female Condom

A female condom is a device that is used during sexual intercourse to prevent pregnancy and reduce the risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs—such as gonorrhea, syphilis, and HIV). Invented by Danish MD Lasse Hessel, it is worn internally by the receptive partner and physically blocks ejaculated semen from entering that person's body. Female condom could be also used by receptive partners for anal sex.

The female condom is a pouch with flexible rings at each end. Before vaginal intercourse, the ring inside the pouch is inserted deep into the vagina, holding the condom in the vagina. The penis is directed into the pouch through the ring at the open end, which stays outside the vaginal opening during intercourse. Female condoms have been available since 1988.

The female condom is a sleeve-like device made of polyurethane. It has a small closed end, and a larger open end. Each end contains a flexible ring. Use this simple step-by-step guide to using female condoms to assure that you are using them properly during vaginal and/or rectal intercourse.

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Open the Female condom package carefully; tear at the notch on the top right of the package. Do not use scissors or a knife to open.

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The outer ring covers the area around the opening of the vagina. The inner ring is used for insertion and to help hold the sheath in place during intercourse.

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While holding the Female condom at the closed end, grasp the flexible inner ring and squeeze it with the thumb and second or middle finger so it becomes long and narrow.

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Choose a position that is comfortable for insertion – squat, raise one leg, sit or lie down.

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Gently insert the inner ring into the vagina. Feel the inner ring go up and move into place.

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Place, the index finger on the inside of the condom, and push the inner ring up as far as it will go. Be sure the sheath is not twisted. The outer ring should remain on the outside of the vagina.

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The female condom is now in place and ready for use with your partner.

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When you are ready, gently guide your partner’s penis into the condom's opening with your hand to make sure that it enters properly – be sure that the penis is not entering on the side, between the sheath and the vaginal wall.

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To remove the Female condom, twist the outer ring and gently pull the condom out.

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Wrap the condom in the package or in tissue, and throw it in the garbage. Do not put it into the toilet.


1. Use care when storing condoms. They should not be kept in places with extreme temperatures either hot or cold. Do not store them in a pocket or billfold.
2. Use a new condom for each act of sexual intercourse. Do not use the same condom for vaginal and rectal sex.
3. Never use a male condom and female condom at the same time.
4. Always use water-based lubricants with condoms. Oil-based lubricants will destroy latex condoms. Lubricants are not needed when condoms are used for oral sex.
5. Never throw a used condom into your toilet, they can easily clog up your pipes and require expensive plumbing repairs

How Female condoms Work

The female condom is like a thin plastic "baggie" that fits upside-down in the vagina. The closed end is held inside by a flexible ring attached to the condom, and a larger ring holds the open end outside of the vagina. The pouch collects semen and prevents it from entering your vagina.

The Good: It protects against most STIs, it can be inserted up to 8 hours before sex, and it's a great option for couples who are allergic to latex.

The Not-So-Good: Initially, it's a bit of a pain to insert them correctly (but keep trying!), and you have to careful to make sure the guy's penis doesn't slip in around the outside ring, pushing the condom aside. Don't forget to remove it after sex, before you stand up. They're also more expensive then male condoms.

The Great: Female condoms are easy to get. Check your nearest drugstore, or drop by your local family planning clinic to get one.
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