What is the female condom?
The female condom, the first condom-like device designed for women, was approved by the FDA in May 1993 for sale in the US It is a loose-fitting, pre-lubricated, 7-inch polyurethane pouch that fits into the vagina. It is a barrier method of birth control, which if used correctly, can prevent semen from being deposited in the vagina. It can also protect women against several sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV, by preventing the exchange of fluids (semen, vaginal secretions, blood). In the US it is sold under the name “Reality.” This same product is sold under different names in other countries. It is available without a prescription in most major drug stores, although it may be somewhat difficult to find. It is also available through the manufacturer’s web site. It is sold in packs of 3 or 6 and costs $2 to $3 dollars per condom. Reality female condoms are available at Health Education, which is on the 3rd floor of Health Services. How is it used? There is a flexible
The female condom is a lubricated sheath worn by the female inside of her vagina during sex. It is made of polyurethane, a type of plastic. The female condom acts as a barrier to sperm and many sexually transmitted diseases by completely lining the vagina. The female condom has a ring at each end. One ring, at the closed end of the sheath, lies inside the vagina. The other ring, at the open end of the sheath, lies outside the vagina after the female condom has been inserted. The female condom provides protection against pregnancy and some protection against STDs. Out of 100 women using a female condom Typical use: 21 women become pregnant Perfect use: 5 women become pregnant Where can I get the female condom? You can get the female condom without a prescription in drugstores and supermarkets. The female condom comes in only one size and costs between $2.50 and $5 per condom. What if I need more lubrication? The female condom is already lubricated when you buy it, and it comes with an e
Reality female condoms are made of a thin plastic called polyurethane. This is NOT latex or rubber. The condom is placed into the woman’s vagina. It is open at one end and closed at the other. Both ends have a flexible ring used to keep the condom in the vagina. The female condom comes in only one size: 15 centimeters in length and 7 centimeters wide. The flexible and removable inner ring at the closed end is inserted into the vagina as far as possible; the inner ring may be removed or left in place in the vagina; the larger outer ring remains outside the vagina. Among typical couples who initiate use of Reality condoms, about 21% will experience an accidental pregnancy in the first year. If these condoms are used consistently and correctly, about 5% will become pregnant in the course of an entire year. Complete information about this contraceptive is available from your clinician or from the package insert. WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES? • Female condoms give women a new option in preventin