TOBIE asked in HealthWomen's Health · 1 decade ago

What is a female condom and how does it work?

How do you insert it, does it get stuck????

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  • 1 decade ago
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    A female condom is a thin, loose-fitting and flexible plastic tube worn inside the vagina. A soft ring at the closed end of the tube covers the cervix during intercourse and holds it inside the vagina. Another ring at the open end of the tube stays outside the vagina and partly covers the lip area.

  • 1 decade ago

    I saw the condom on a website - I found it HUGE. It's like a bag of plastic. It has two round-rubber-like thing on both ends. Of course, the close end goes into the vagina. I believe, it's way much better than the male condom. It's bigger in size - which has a lot of space inside (would not pop or leak). GETTING IT OUT is probably the hard part. THAT'S KINDA harrd to image. I have no idea. I think though that its carefully designed - thus it might not get stuck at all.

  • 1 decade ago

    There is also a picture on the link below.

    Recently "female condoms" or "femidoms" (not to be confused with femdoms) have become available. They are larger and wider than male condoms but equivalent in length. Female condoms have a flexible ring-shaped opening, and are designed to be inserted into the vagina. The female condom also contains an inner ring which aids insertion and helps keep the condom in place inside the vagina. This type of condom was first made from polyurethane, though newer iterations are made of nitrile (this material change was announced in September 2005).[28]

    Currently, 14 million female condoms are distributed to women in the developing world on an annual basis. By comparison, between 6 and 9 billion male condoms are distributed per annum.[29]

    Sales of female condoms have been disappointing in developed countries, though developing countries are increasingly using them to complement already existing family planning and HIV/AIDS programming.[30] Probable causes for poor sales are that inserting the female condom is a skill that has to be learned and that female condoms can be significantly more expensive than male condoms (upwards of 2 or 3 times the cost). Also, reported "rustling" sounds during intercourse turn off some potential users, as does the visibility of the outer ring which remains outside the vagina.[31]

    The newer nitrile condoms are less likely to make these potentially distracting noises. It is hoped the nitrile condoms will also allow for significant reductions in female condom pricing.[28]

    Female condoms have the advantage of being compatible with oil-based lubricants as they are not made of latex.[32] The external genitals of the wearer and the base of the penis of the inserting partner are more protected than when the male condom is used. Inserting a female condom does not require male erection.[31]

    Although marketed only for vaginal sex, some researchers promote use of the "female" condoms for anal sex between men.[33]

    In November 2005, the World YWCA called on national health ministries and international donors to commit to purchasing 180 million female condoms for global distribution in 2006. Their statement stated that "Female condoms remain the only tool for HIV prevention that women can initiate and control," but that they remain virtually inaccessible to women in the developing world due to their high cost of 72 cents per piece. If 180 million female condoms were ordered, the price of the female condom was projected to decline to 22 cents per female condom.[29]

    [edit] Effectiveness and Risks of Female Condoms

    The typical use failure rate for the first-generation female condoms lies at 21%. This means that of the women who intend to use female condoms as their only form of birth control, 21 out of 100 will become pregnant within one year. Among women who use the condom correctly at every act of intercourse, 5% will become pregnant after one year.[1]

    The effectiveness of the female condom at preventing STDs has not been studied to the same extent as male condoms, however it has been put forth that it should have similar effectiveness. They are also dangerous for those who have polyurethane allergies.[34]

  • 1 decade ago

    It is a flexible ring so you can insert it into your vagina, and it shouldn't get stuck. But if it does try to get it out yourself, and if you can't see a doctor right away. You don't want infection. I have never used one but I learned about them. I don't know many women who use them.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Go research if you want, but it is NOT recommended. It's pretty ineffective. Stick with regular condoms.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    the female condom is the word ****, it effectively prevents all men from even touching a women once it is used. this will prevent all sexual feeling and conduct immediately

  • 1 decade ago
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