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Why do some women and couples prefer female condoms over regular condoms?

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A female condom is a long plastic pouch that fits inside the vagina during sex. Some couples might prefer female condoms over the ones that a man wears because:

  • You can put one in up to 8 hours before sex, so you don’t have to interrupt the mood.
  • Women can choose to use them if their partners don’t want to wear a condom.
  • They aren’t made of latex, which irritates some people’s skin.
  • They stay in place if your partner loses his erection.

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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