So you found a woman that is really into you and it’s time to get it on. But in all your hastiness and horniness, you forgot to bring a condom. What do you do? Are you out of luck?
Did you know that beyond latex condoms that men wear, there are also female condoms? Why should all the responsibility of condoms fall on men? If she isn’t taking birth control, there are other options that she can use to make sure you are protected from sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancy. Yes, there are female condoms and we will detail them in the article below.
What Are Female Condoms?
The most basic kind of female condom is a pouch that is placed inside the vagina to prevent pregnancy and can also reduce the risk of transmitting sexual diseases. Not only can it be used for vaginal intercourse, it can also be used for anal sex as well. These female condoms are safe, convenient and effective and rather easy to purchase. You can find them at your pharmacy for around $4 individually or for cheaper when buying them in packs.
The female condom has flexible rings at each end. The ring at the closed end is inserted into the vagina and holds the pouch there. The open end has a ring that stays outside of the vaginal opening while used during intercourse and allows the penis to be inserted. The same applies when using a female condom during anal intercourse.
Female condoms work to prevent pregnancy (if you’re not planning on having children, a surprise pregnancy is not what you want from sex), by completely covering the inside of a woman’s vagina. Any pre-cum and semen that is excreted through ejaculation is caught in the pouch and prevented from entering the vagina unabated. If a sperm cannot join with an egg, pregnancy cannot occur, but I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that. This same blockage of the exchange of bodily fluids is also what helps in preventing the transmission of STDs.
While male condoms are the norm when it comes to sexual safety, there are some concerns with the effectiveness of female condoms. When used correctly, it is reported that 5 out of 100 women will still become pregnant anyway. This is slightly lower than the effective rate of male condoms. Those numbers are even worse if the female condom is not worn correctly, as that statistic jumps to 21 pregnancies out of 100 women.
There are a few benefits to using female condoms instead the traditional condom worn by a man. For one, it allows the woman to share the responsibility of being safe sexually. They are great for those who are allergic to latex, the most common type of male condom. They are safe to use with oil-based and water-based lubricants and do not have any effect on a woman’s hormones like she would experience when taking birth control pills.
However, they do come with a few drawbacks as well. Some women have reported irritation in the vagina or vulva, as well as the men reporting irritation on their penis. Additionally, they may reduce the sensation of intercourse as they are not as thin as a male condom.
Next time you use a viagra and are ready to go, maybe try out this method and see how it works for you!