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Goals

Section 1
Section 2

- Information
- Objectives
- Male Condom
- Properties
- Latex
- Plastic
- Correct Use
- Breakage
- Behaviors
- Cautions
- Protection
> Female
- Characteristics
- Use
- Spermicides
- Characteristics
- Correct Use
- Preferences
- Diaphragm
- Characteristics
- Considerations
- Correct Use
- Fitting
- Follow-up
- Sponge
- New Methods

Section 3

Summary

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Section 2 - Method Information

Female Condom

Correct way to grasp female condom for insertion and correct placement of female condom

Artwork adapted from Wisconsin Pharmacal.
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In recent years, a female condom was developed in response to the need for more female-controlled methods. Like the male condom, it forms a physical barrier between the vagina and the penis. It serves as a receptacle for semen within the vagina. It prevents sperm from entering a woman’s reproductive tract and, theoretically, protects both partners against transmission of STDs.

The female condom is a soft, loose-fitting plastic sheath with a flexible ring at each end. One ring is at the closed end of the sheath and serves as an insertion mechanism and anchor over the cervix. The outer ring forms the external edge of the device and remains outside the vagina after insertion, providing protection to the labia and the base of the penis during intercourse. This design may reduce the potential for transfer of infectious organisms between sex partners, particularly from genital ulcers.

The female condom has been approved for use by several regulatory agencies and is being marketed in Europe as Femidom and in North America as both Femidom and Reality.

 

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