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How To Use A Female Condom

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Updated December 05, 2013

The female condom is a sleeve-like device made of polyurethane. It has a small closed end, and a larger open end. Each end contains a flexible ring. Use this simple step-by-step guide to using female condoms to assure that you are using them properly during vaginal and/or rectal intercourse.
Time Required: 5 minutes

Here's How:

  1. The female condom must be properly positioned before any contact occurs between the penis and vagina and/or rectum. The female condom may be used for both vaginal and rectal sexual intercourse.
  2. For vaginal use, squeeze the smaller ring and insert it into the vagina. The large end should be place over the vaginal opening to protect the outer genitalia from infection.
  3. For rectal use the small ring should be removed. Place the condom over the erect penis. The condom will be inserted with your partner's penis.
  4. Be sure the penis goes directly into the large ring to preclude unprotected sexual contact between the penis and the vagina or rectum.
  5. Remove the condom immediately after sexual intercourse and before standing up. To avoid semen leakage the large outer ring should be twisted. Carefully pull the condom out and dispose of it.

Tips:

  1. Use care when storing condoms. They should not be kept in places with extreme temperatures either hot or cold. Do not store them in a pocket or billfold.
  2. Use a new condom for each act of sexual intercourse. Do not use the same condom for vaginal and rectal sex.
  3. Never use a male condom and female condom at the same time.
  4. Always use water-based lubricants with condoms. Oil-based lubricants will destroy latex condoms. Lubricants are not needed when condoms are used for oral sex.
  5. Never throw a used condom into your toilet, they can easily clog up your pipes and require expensive plumbing repairs.

What You Need

  • Water-based lubricant
  • Female condom
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