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Female Condom

Effectiveness (Theoretical)
Effectiveness (Real World)

The female condom is a birth control device that fits inside the vagina. It is made of pre-lubricated polyurethane, and is available over the counter without a prescription.

The female condom prevents pregnancy by containing sperm during sex, so that sperm cannot enter the uterus and fertilize an egg. Insertion is similar to inserting a diaphragm. The closed end covers the opening of the cervix and the open end stays outside of the vagina, held in place by an outer ring. The female condom can be inserted up to eight hours prior to intercourse.

The effectiveness rate of the female condom ranges from 75% to 87%, depending upon consistent and correct use. No additional hormones are introduced into the body, and no pills need to be taken daily. It is made of prelubricated polyurethane, so it can be used by those who are allergic to latex. When used properly, the female condom can protect against sexually-transmitted diseases including HIV infection, but is not as effective as the male condom.

The female condom can be difficult to insert, and has been reported as being noisy during intercourse. The outer rim may slip into the vagina during intercourse, making the condom difficult to retrieve. In addition, condoms may break during intercourse, and there is a possibility that sperm may spill out when the condom is being removed. A new condom must be used each time intercourse takes place.

> Reality Female Condoms (3 pack)
> How to use a female condom

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