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Fc Female Condom

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Updated December 17, 2009

Fc Female Condom

Fc Female Condom

Photo 2009 © Dawn Stacey

The Bottom Line

The fc Female Condom is a soft, loose-fitting pouch that lines the vagina with a ring at each end. When inserting the female condom, the inner ring is placed behind the pubic bone (which holds the condom in place during sex). The other ring stays outside the vagina. Formerly called Reality Female Condom, the fc condom is the only FDA-approved device for women that provides both contraceptive protection and STD/HIV prevention. Plus, the outer ring of the female condom covers more of the vulva; this may provide extra coverage for herpes, HPV warts or any other STD that can be transmitted through skin to skin contact.
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Pros

  • Is the only FDA-approved device for women that provides pregnancy and STD/HIV protection
  • Made from polyurethane, so it’s a good alternative for those sensitive to latex
  • Can be inserted up to 8 hours ahead of time, so sexual activity doesn’t have to be interrupted
  • Provides a sensual experience as polyurethane warms to the body temperature
  • Allows a couple the freedom to switch between sex and foreplay

Cons

  • Can be expensive
  • It is awkward to insert, at first
  • Fc Female condoms can make noise during sex (use extra lubrication to prevent)
  • May be difficult to find in stores
  • Slippage may occur if not enough lubricant is used

Description

  • The fc female condom is 6.7 inches long (170 mm), so it fits comfortably inside a woman’s body.
  • The fc female condom is also 3.1 inches wise (79 mm), so it provides that “extra room” for a man of any size.
  • To maximize sensation, it is only .0020 inches (50 microns) thick - similar to some of the ultra thin male latex condoms.
  • Made of soft polyurethane. To enhance comfort, each condom is abundantly lubricated inside & out with a silicone lubricant.
  • Fc female condom boxes include extra tubes (1 for each condom) of this silky lubricant for those who enjoy more lubrication.
  • The fc female condom is available in boxes of three or five.

Guide Review - Fc Female Condom

The fc female condom is a great alternative to the male condom. The polyurethane is stronger than latex and allows more heat to transfer between bodies - providing a unique and more natural experience for both men and women. Since the female condom can be inserted up to 8 hours before having sex, couples can easily switch between foreplay and sex without interruptions. Some couples may enjoy inserting the female condom as part of their foreplay.

The female condom offers the advantage of not having to use another male condom if a man's erection is lost. Many men like not feeling the pressure to keep an erection. Couples may also enjoy the increased intimacy of "staying connected" as the man doesn't need to withdraw as soon as he ejaculates.

Many women report that besides the warming sensations, the friction caused by the outer ring provides some extra stimulation of the clitoris while the inner ring of the female condom adds sensation due to contact with the inner vaginal walls.

The fc female condom is a reliable contraceptive option for sex in water because it is inserted into a woman's body, so less water will affect it, and there is less risk that the condom will slide out. Also, the polyurethane is less likely to break down from chemicals like chlorine.

Some concerns? More lubricant should be added if the penis is not easily slipping in and out. The female condom may slip up and down inside the vagina, adding lubricant to the penis or inside the pouch may prevent this - movement of the outer ring from side-to-side is normal. Make sure that the penis is inserted INTO the female condom (and not to the side of it). Sometimes, the outer ring may be pushed inside the vagina during sex; if this happens, stop and remove the device. Make sure to correctly insert a new one and add extra lubricant (perhaps to the penis as well).

Keep in mind: Each condom can ONLY be used once and a female condom should NEVER be used with a male condom. Also know that this device may take some time to get used to (the look and feel) but once you are feeling at ease with the female condom, it can be a comfortable birth control option.

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