How to Use a Condom - Topic Overview
The female condom is a tube of soft
plastic (polyurethane) with a closed end. Each end has a ring or rim. The ring
at the closed end is inserted deep into the vagina over the cervix, like a
diaphragm, to hold the tube in place. The ring at the open end remains outside
the opening of the vagina. The female condom can be inserted up to 8 hours
before sexual intercourse. It should not be
used at the same time as a male condom.
The female condom should
be removed immediately after intercourse, while the woman is still lying down.
The outside ring is twisted to close off the condom and hold the semen inside
before the condom is removed. A new condom should be used with each act of
sexual intercourse. Female condoms are sold in drugstores or family planning
The female condom provides some protection of the
genital area around the opening to the vagina during intercourse and may reduce
the risk of getting or transmitting diseases such as genital herpes or genital