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How do I use a female condom?

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A female condom is a long plastic pouch that fits inside the vagina during sex. It goes in much like a tampon.

  • Use a new condom every time you have sex.
  • Be careful not to tear it when you open the package.
  • Put the condom in before there is any contact between the penis and vagina or anus.
  • Put lubricant on the closed end of the condom.
  • Find the most comfortable position to put it in. You may prefer to lie down, squat, or stand with one leg on a chair.
  • Squeeze the ring on the closed end of the condom together and insert it in your vagina as far as it will go, just like a tampon. For anal sex, put it as far as it will go into your bottom.
  • Let go of the ring so that it opens and stays in place.
  • Let the ring on the other end hang about an inch outside your vagina or bottom.

From: What Are Female Condoms? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Teens Health: “Condom.”

Planned Parenthood: “Female condom.”

National (UK) Health Service: “Female condoms.”

New York State Health Department: “FAQ about condoms.”

Medline Plus: "Female condoms."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on August 24, 2017

SOURCES:

Teens Health: “Condom.”

Planned Parenthood: “Female condom.”

National (UK) Health Service: “Female condoms.”

New York State Health Department: “FAQ about condoms.”

Medline Plus: "Female condoms."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on August 24, 2017

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