There are a plethora of birth control contraceptives on the market but many don’t know about the female condom. Though there are some higher in popularity than others, the female condom (also known as an internal condom) is slowly becoming a preference for contraceptives amongst women.
Contrary to the male condom, which is placed onto an erect penis before sex, the female condom is inserted into the vagina prior to sex. It acts as a boundary between sperm and the uterus to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases and infections.
There are only two female condoms that are approved by the Food and Drug Administration in the United States. FC1 and the revamped FC2 can both be found at drug stores, health clinic, or family planning clinics.
Pros and Cons of the Female Condom
Like all contraceptives, there are a few pros and cons. A few pros include:
- Both FC1 and FC2 are both latex-free for those who are allergic
- You can keep the condom in for up to 8 hours before being intimate
- It allows couples to freely switch from foreplay to intimacy quickly
- This form of contraceptive is 95% effective in preventing pregnancy
Some of the cons are:
- First-time use may be awkward
- It can make a squeaky noise but can be prevented with extra lubricant
- They can be difficult to find
- It can be expensive
Since the female condom is made with nitrate, it is more durable than a male condom made with latex. Nitrate also warms to the body creating a more natural and sensual sexual experience. It is very important to not use a male condom with a female condom. Though it sounds like a great idea for extra protection, this can cause tears in the contraceptives which you do not want. The female condom is a great contraceptive to try for couples who are looking for a new and different way of protection.
For any questions about sex, contraceptives, or your overall feminine health, call Cool Springs OBGYN today at 615.690.6600.
Read more at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services