The female condom is a thin rubber tube with polyurethane rings at both ends. Only one end is open and the ring at the closed end is to make insertion easier and ensure the condom does not fall out during intercourse. When the man ejaculates, he does so into the condom that prevents the sperm from entering the female reproductive tract. Female condoms are made of polyurethane (or sometimes latex) and when coated with spermicide, are considered a very effective means of protection from pregnancy and the spread of STDs.
Polyurethane can be tolerated by anyone, unlike latex to which some people are allergic. Polyurethane is at least as effective as latex in preventing pregnancy and transmission of STDs.
Many women will also find the polyurethane more comfortable. Latex is quite abrasive at a molecular level and a marathon session with latex can them quite sore even with added lubrication. Polyurethane is much smoother and reduces the abrasion of very sensitive tissue.
When female condoms are used properly, they are about 95% effective in the prevention of pregnancy. When condoms are used with spermicidal foam the effectiveness is nearly 100%. Furthermore, condoms provide excellent protection from the spread of sexually transmitted diseases.
Before using a condom, always check the expiry date. Never carry a condom in a hot, confined place and keep it out of direct sunlight. To insert the condom, squeeze the ring at the closed end and slide condom as far inside the vagina as possible. Make sure that the open end hangs at least an inch outside of the vagina. Always read the directions on the packaging to ensure proper use. Once properly inserted the woman should not be able to feel the condom in her.
To remove the condom the woman should grab the exposed end; twist it and pullout at the same time. The twisting is to ensure that the sperm inside does not spill out the open end.
Remember the following points:
Never use a condom more than once.
Always use a polyurethane or latex condom for effective prevention of STDs.
Lubricated condoms are less likely to break during intercourse.
Always use water-based lubricants.
Unlubricated condoms are best for oral sex.
A minor problem with a condom is that you must interrupt foreplay momentarily to put it in.
Oil-based lubricants such as petroleum jelly, edible oils and medications weaken latex condoms. If you wish to use lubricants during sex make sure they are water based, such as Astro Glide.