How to use the female condom

You’ve probably heard that it’s very important to use a condom every time you have sex. There are two types of condoms available: the male condom and the female condom. The female condom is not used that much to prevent getting pregnant…but one of the biggest reasons for this is that many people just don’t know how to use it!

The female condom is bigger than a male condom, and this makes some people think that it’s not comfortable. It’s actually very comfortable – it just needs to be used correctly. One of the best things about a female condom is that it can be inserted up to 8 hours before sex, so you don’t have to disturb the action when you and your partner are together.

Here is a step-by-step guide on using female condoms:

  • Check the expiry date - don’t use the condom if it’s expired.
  • Open it carefully without using your teeth or any sharp objects.
  • Get into a relaxed position, like standing with one foot on a chair, sitting down with your knees apart, or squatting.
  • Squeeze together the sides of the ring inside the end of the condom and slide it into your vagina like a tampon, making sure it’s not twisted.
  • The outer ring should hang outside your vagina. This is where your partner’s penis will go into the condom.
  • After sex, twist the outer ring to keep semen (cum) in the condom, and gently pull it out of your vagina.
  • Throw it in the bin – you can’t re-use condoms.

For more information about protecting yourself from getting pregnant, check out Know Your Body: Basics of S-E-X on B-Wise.

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