If you’re going to use female condoms, it is imperative to ensure that you’re using them right. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
- The female condom needs to be placed inside the vagina before there is any form of sexual contact with your partner. This includes oral sex and use of sex toys such as vibrators and dildos (if exchanged between partners). Master this art on how to wear condoms.
- Use condoms that come with IS/ISO certification. This is a seal of a surety that the product conforms to the highest standards of safety.
- Make sure that the condom does not get nicked or torn when you remove it from the packet.
- During penetrative sex, take extra care to ensure that insertion happens inside the condom. If penetration takes place outside the condom and along the side of the vagina, you’re effectively having unprotected sex.
- Even though internal condoms are lubricated, if you experience discomfort while inserting it or are generally uncomfortable with genital insertions, use some lube to make it slide in far enough so that it stays put.
- However, sometimes the even best condom can get pushed too far inside the vagina. When this happens, bodily fluids from your partner will come in contact with your vaginal walls and the effectiveness of the protection diminished. As a rule of thumb, you should stop inserting the condom further in when there is about an inch of it still hanging outside your vagina.
- After you and your partner have reached orgasm, remove the condom immediately to rule out any possibility of post-coital exchange of bodily fluids.
- To minimise the risk of irritation or rashes, use female condoms made of polyurethane or nitrile instead of latex.
- In the case of heterosexual relationships, do not mix the use of male and female condoms, as it can lead to ruptures, thus, impacting effectiveness.