The female condom is the only female-initiated barrier method that protects against pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections and though similar to a male condom, it is unique in a few key aspects. Unlike a latex condom the FC2 is not susceptible to deterioration from heat of humidity so storage becomes less of an issue. A female condom is inserted into a woman’s vagina and covers internal and external genitalia providing broader protection than the male condom. It doesn’t rely on an erect penis and so doesn’t need to be removed immediately after ejaculation. In this sense it can also be inserted before sex, decreasing any interruption in intimacy.
Getting comfortable with and actually using the female condom calls for a little bit of balance, a little bit of practice and a lot of comfortability getting up close and personal with the vagina – all good things in my book. The FC2 isn’t yet available on the market, but maybe when it does break on to the scene it will be the impetus for the female condom’s rise to fame. After all, condoms are the key to safer sex and providing women with more accessible options only increases our odds of engaging in infection-free pleasure and full sexual activity. Sign me up.
More information at http://www.femalehealth.com/.
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