Female condoms have many of the same attributes and advantages as male condoms. They help prevent pregnancy by stopping sperm from entering your vagina during intercourse. Female condoms are latex pouches that you insert into your vagina.
Back to Your contraception guide. Female condoms are made from soft, thin synthetic latex or latex. They're worn inside the vagina to prevent semen getting to the womb.
The female condom has several advantages over the male condom. Use of female condoms is controlled by women. This provides a nice option in a world where most STD prevention technologies are controlled by men.
The most popular and accessible type of condom is the male external condomwhich is placed on an erect penis just before sex. The male condom is an old form of contraception and STI protection —some suggest that the male condom dates back to ancient Egypt, but the first documented description of an male condom was by Italian anatomist Gabriello Fallopio in in his book De Morbo Gallico, as a method for preventing syphilis 1,2. Although not as well known, female condoms also exist. The female condom can be inserted into the vagina up to eight hours before having sex 3,4.
The FC2 Female Condom is easy to learn how to use. FC2 female condom can be inserted either a few hours or just before sex. Before FC2 is used for the first time, people might like to practice insertion.
Condoms are thin pouches that keep sperm from getting into the vagina. There are male condoms and female condoms:. Condoms work by keeping semen the fluid that contains sperm from entering the vagina.
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To use a female condom, one ring is inserted into the vagina before sex to hold the condom in place. The ring at the open end of the female condom remains outside the vagina. Mayo Clinic does not endorse companies or products.