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What are reasons why people don't like female condoms?

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A female condom is a long plastic pouch that fits inside the vagina during sex. It has some similar drawbacks as condoms made for men. They include:

  • Like male condoms, they can slip out of place during sex.
  • They can irritate your or your partner’s skin.
  • They might make the sensation of sex less intense. If this is a problem for you, try to make putting in the condom part of sex play.
  • They are slightly less effective at preventing pregnancy and STDs than male condoms.

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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