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How to Use a Female Condom

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Updated December 23, 2009

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Open and Prepare the Female Condom
How to Use a Female Condom
Photo © 2009 Dawn Stacey

Open the foil package of the female condom by tearing along one edge (there should be a notch on the upper-right and corner). Try not to tear down the middle of the package as this may increase the risk of tearing the condom. Take out the female condom and examine it for any discoloration, damage or holes. You should then rub the outside of the female condom pouch to make certain that the lubrication is uniformly spread inside the pouch (from the top to the bottom). If you wish, you can add some more lubrication inside the pouch – it is suggested that you start with adding just two drops.

Keep in Mind: if the female condom tears when you open the package, THROW IT AWAY and use a new one.

**The female condom can be inserted up to 8 hours before sex (though most women usually insert it between 2 to 20 minutes before sexual intercourse).

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