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Section 1
Section 2

- Objectives
- Prevention
- Education
- Assessing
- Skills Training
- Behavioral
- Couples
- Peer Groups
- Contraceptive
- Dual Method
- Alternative
- Male Condom
- Negotiating
- Reaching
- Correct Use
- Promotion
- Female
> Correct Use
- Resource
- Resource
- Summary

Section 3


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Section 2 - STD Prevention

Correct Use of the Female Condom

Correct placement of female condom
  • Open package carefully
  • Place inner ring inside
    vagina to cover cervix
  • Outer ring covers
    external genitalia
  • Be sure penis is placed
    inside condom
  • After use, dispose of properly

Use a new condom for each act of intercourse

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As with the male condom, research shows that most breakage of the female condom is due to human error, not to problems with the device.

Key messages during counseling for correct female condom use include:

  • Open package carefully. Do not use sharp objects such as rings, scissors, fingernails or teeth.

  • Press the smaller inner ring between thumb and index finger. Insert the inner ring high into the vagina, to cover the cervix. Place the larger outer ring flat against the external organs outside of the vagina. During intercourse, care should be taken to place the penis inside the female condom and not between the condom and vaginal wall.

  • The female condom is pre-lubricated with silicone, but more lubricant can be added to increase comfort or reduce noise during use. The female condom does not deteriorate with exposure to oil-based products.

  • Do not use the female condom with the male condom.

  • After intercourse, twist the outer ring several times before removing it. This will prevent semen from leaking out of the condom when it is removed.

  • Remove the condom. Place it back in the package or wrap it in tissue. Throw it away in a trash container.

  • Use a new condom for each act of sexual intercourse.


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