Method 1 of 3: Prepare to Use the Female Condom
Understand the advantages and disadvantages of using a female condom. Before you commit to using a female condom, you should be aware of the advantages and disadvantages of using it instead of another form of birth control. Here are the pros and cons of using a female condom:
- The female condom does not require a prescription and is therefore pretty easy to get. You can find it in most drugstores and some supermarkets.
- Female condoms let women share the responsibility for preventing infection.
- Unlike the birth control pill, the female condom doesn’t have an effect on a woman’s natural hormones. (Though it may be used along with birth control pills for extra prevention, of course.)
- It can stay in place even if the man loses his erection.
- It can enhance your sexual experience. The external ring can stimulate the clitoris during vaginal intercourse.
- It is made with polyurethane instead of latex and can therefore be used by people with a latex allergy.
- It can be inserted up to a few hours before intercourse — and remember that you can use the bathroom while the condom is inserted.
- The female condom may irritate the vagina, vulva, penis, or anus (if it’s being used anally).
- It may slip into the vagina during intercourse.
- It can be a bit tough to insert it, especially at first.
- Wearing the female condom can create a louder noise during sex, though this can be controlled with more lubricant.