How to Use a Female Condom

Female condoms are easy to use, can be free, and are fantastic at preventing STD's and unwanted pregnancy.
Image placeholder title

We also talked to Gabby Blair on the Today's Mama Podcast all about birth control and how to really reduce abortion rates {probably the most fascinating episode yet!}. You can listenHERE!

Often times when we talk about hormone-free contraception we talk about condoms and copper IUDs but we rarely, if ever talk about female condoms! Female condoms are easy to use, can be free, and are fantastic at preventing STD's and unwanted pregnancy. Instead of going on the penis, female condoms go inside your vagina. They’re sometimes called internal condoms or referred to by their brand name, FC2 Female Condom®. If you're looking for an easy contraception option, female condoms are great!

Good news for people who have latex allergies or sensitivities: female condoms are made from a soft plastic material called nitrile. They’re totally hypoallergenic and won’t irritate sensitive genital skin. Because female condoms are larger than male condoms and don’t fit snugly around a penis, they give your partner’s penis more breathing room, which some people find more comfortable.

SEE MORE: #13: Gabrielle Blair - The Mom Who Broke the Internet About Birth Control

If you use them perfectly every single time you have sex, female condom effectiveness is 95%. But people aren’t perfect, so in real life they’re about 79% effective — that means about 21 out of 100 people who use female condoms as their main method of birth control will get pregnant each year. The best way to make female condoms work as well as possible is to use them correctly every single time you have vaginal or anal sex. That means wearing it the whole time, from start to finish. Make sure the condom is in place in your vagina or anus the right way before there’s any skin-to-skin genital contact. One thing you should definitely NOT do is use a regular condom together with a female condom. Each kind of condom is designed to be used on its own, and doubling up won’t give you extra protection. One condom used correctly is the best way to go — whichever kind of condom you use.

How to put in a female condom (thank you planned parenthood for the instructions and illustrations!):

Image placeholder title

  1. Check the expiration date on the package, and then open it carefully.
  2. The female condom comes already lubricated, but you can add more lube if you want. You can also add spermicide.
  3. Relax and get into a comfortable position. Standing with one foot on a chair, lying down, or squatting are common faves — kind of like how you’d put in a tampon.

Image placeholder title

  1. Squeeze together the sides of the inner ring at the closed end of the condom and slide it into your vagina like a tampon.

Image placeholder title

  1. Push the inner ring into your vagina as far as it can go, up to your cervix. Make sure it’s not twisted.
  2. Pull out your finger and let the outer ring hang about an inch outside the vagina. You’re good to go!

Image placeholder title

  1. Guide your partner’s penis into the opening of the condom, making sure it doesn’t slip to the side between the condom and your vaginal walls.
  2. To use the female condom for anal sex, remove the inner ring and insert the condom into your anus with your finger, leaving the outer ring hanging out.

How to remove a female condom:

  1. After sex, twist the outer ring (the part that’s hanging out) to keep semen (cum) inside the pouch.

Image placeholder title

  1. Gently pull it out of your vagina or anus, being careful not to spill any semen.
  2. Throw it away in the trash (never flush any kind of condom, because it can clog your toilet).
  3. Female condoms are not reusable — use a new one every time you have sex.

It’s totally normal for the female condom to move around a little bit during sex, but the penis should be completely surrounded by the condom at all times.

Have you ever tried a female condom?

See More at!

EP13: Gabrielle Blair - The Mom Who Broke the Internet About Birth Control