by Anai Rhoads.
What is a female condom?
The female condom is made from polyurethane. It lines the inside of the vagina and covers the cervix securely to prevent pregnancy. It looks like an inverted male condom, but made especially for women. Its success rate is 95% if used properly.
Where can I get the female condom?
You will not need a prescription to obtain the female condom. Most specialty shops carry it. Places like Planned Parenthood may carry them as they do with male condoms. You may also ask your doctor for a sample packet.
How do I use the female condom?
You insert the condom into your vagina prior to any sexual activity. Carefully follow the instructions on the box. It can be inserted up to 8 hours before intercourse. Failure to follow instructions may increase your chance of pregnancy.
How good is the female condom?
The plus side to having a condom for women available, there is no longer an excuse for not using one. You have complete control over the situation. It is as effective as a male condom, it protects you from STDs and pregnancy.
The only disadvantages are that you lose sensation, they cost more than a male condom, may be difficult to insert inside properly, and once in place, it's clearly noticeable.
Anai Rhoads is a medical and political researcher/writer with a particular interest in the sanctions on Iraq and the wider effect of racism's influence in the Middle East. A vegan since 2000, she is a dedicated supporter of activities which promote animal and human rights. Originally from Greece, she now resides in Virginia, USA with her husband and their two dogs, Bijou and Eva.
Copyright © Anai Rhoads. Permission to publish granted to Pregnancy.org.