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Female Condom

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7Female Condom
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Our bottom line

Also known as an internal condom because it goes inside the vagina. Works like the male condom, is cheap and prevents STDs.

What’s the failure rate?
21%
of people using this method got pregnant in a year

Upsides

  • Cheap, easy to use and great for spontaneous sex.
  • Can be inserted right before sex, or up to 8 hours beforehand (won't interrupt the heat of the moment!).
  • Protects both you and your partner from STDs.
  • Available at most pharmacies and online without a prescription.
  • Its design (particularly the outer ring) can increase sexual pleasure while having sex.
  • Comes pre-lubricated, and is safe to use with both oil-based and water-based lubricants.
  • Made of a synthetic rubber other than latex, so suitable for people with latex allergies.

Downsides

  • Can reduce sensation, so takes some getting used to.
  • Some people find it not very sexy.
  • Can cause vaginal irritation.
  • Might fall out during sex.

Common concerns from people using Female Condom

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