The Female Condom (FC)is a pretty alien looking thing. Let’s be honest it looks like an empty intravenous bag or something equally unsexy. But if we’re being honest, male condoms aren’t particularly sexy looking either. So why do so few people use female condoms?
They are quite literally the only HIV/STI prevention device that puts the power of protection squarely in the hands of women. The problem, as silly as it seems, is that they’re big and ugly. It’s true. Women and men alike don’t like to use FC because they aren’t discrete and have a big ring hanging out and around the vulva.
What’s not being said about this ugly ring of synthetic material is that it is a highly effective form of HPV an Herpes prevention. HPV and Herpes are both spread through skin-skin contact and traditional condoms just don’t prevent their spreading. Oh and the other thing about that ugly ring on the outside…it can feel really good when it starts rubbing up against your clit during intercourse. So there!
An other barrier keeping people from using the FC is that…well…they don’t know how to use it. We suggest that if you are considering starting to use FC, to grab a few at your local clinic or drug store and spend some time alone or with your partner learning exactly how to insert and remove them and what feels best for you.
Female Condoms empower women to be in total control of their bodies in the sexual arena. They also allow for greater STI protection for both partners and might even be more pleasurable. So get yourself educated about this alternative to traditional contraception. You might have just found your new favorite way to be safe and have fun.
For more information on the Female Condom and Female Condom 2 please check out FC2SF and the Planned Parenthood websites. They are really great sources of information and tutorials.