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Female Condoms

What is it?
     The female condom is a thin, soft plastic condom that is placed inside the vagina. It is the only female-controlled method that helps prevent both sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy.

How effective is it?
     The effectiveness rate of the female condom is similar to the male condom (i.e. about 90-95% with "perfect" use, and from 80-85% with "average" use).

Advantages and Disadvantages

Listed below are some advantages and disadvantages of the new female condom:

* Latex free, reducing risk of allergy
* Reduces "friction" and irritation of vaginal lining (helpful for women post partum, breast-feeding or at menopause when dryness is a problem)
* 40% stronger than latex
* Has no odour
* Any lubricant can be used
* Heat conductive so warms up as soon as inserted
* Less disruptive to love-making (can be inserted up to 8 hours before sex)
* Sold in stores - no prescription needed
* Better for men who loose an erection while/after putting on a latex condom
* There are reports of increased sensitivity and pleasure for the male
* The soft flexible ring at the open-end covers a larger surface area offering greater protection for each partner
* Some women find the outer ring stimulates the clitoris and increases their pleasure

      As with latex condoms for men, the female condom helps protect against pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STD's), including HIV.

* The outer ring hangs about 2.5cm outside the vagina., therefore it is difficult to hide the use of the female condom
* During sex there may be noises caused by the friction. Extra lubrication may minimize this.
* Practice may be necessary to learn how to put the condom in the vagina.
* It is possible for the penis to enter the vagina "beside" the condom.
* The cost is approximately $3.50 - $5.00 each.

Each package of female condoms includes detailed instructions for use.

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Vaginal Contraceptive Film (VCF)
Emergency Birth Control