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What are problems I need to watch out for when using female condoms during sex?

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A female condom is a long plastic pouch that fits inside the vagina during sex. During sex, it’s normal for you to feel the condom move around. Just watch out for these problems:

Remove the condom right after sex. Twist the open end closed so that the semen stays inside and gently pull it out.

  • Make sure your partner’s penis goes into the condom and doesn’t slip in between the plastic and your body.
  • Make sure the outer ring doesn’t slip inside. If it does and your partner hasn’t ejaculated, you can remove the condom and reinsert it.
  • If the outer ring goes inside you after your partner has ejaculated, or if he does it between the condom and your vagina, think about using emergency contraception.

From: 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 Traci C. Johnson on August 5, 2019

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 Traci C. Johnson on August 5, 2019

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