07 Apr Female Condom
Like male condoms, a female condom is one of the barrier methods of contraception. It is a lubricated polyurethane (a thin, soft, odourless, plastic) tube; about 6.5 inches long and has a flexible ring at each end of the sheath. The inner ring at the closed end is used to insert the condom and to hold it in place inside the vagina.
Before sexual activity begins, the woman inserts the condom into her vagina so that the closed end of the tube covers the cervix, and the other end slightly covers the labia (lips on the outside of the vagina). The condom loosely lines the vagina and is not tight or constricting.
Advantages of female condom:
- It protects the vagina, cervix and external genital organs, affording extensive barrier protection and has no serious side effects associated with its use.
- It is inserted before intercourse and is not dependent on the male erection, so it will not interrupt sexual spontaneity.
- Unlike the male condom, it does not need to be removed immediately after ejaculation.
- It conducts heat, so sexual intercourse can feel very sensitive and natural.
- It does not cause allergic reaction.
Disadvantages of a female condom:
- It is about 75% effective in preventing pregnancy.
- It cannot prevent sexually transmitted diseases completely.