Condom - Female
Condom - Female
- female condom
- vaginal pouch
What is the information for this topic?
- pubic lice,
- scabies, or
- human papilloma virus, also known as HPV or genital warts. Some types of HPV increase a woman's risk of cervical cancer or precancerous changes of the cervix, called cervical dysplasia. Even so, correct and consistent male condom use has been associated with a lower rate of cervical cancer, an HPV-associated disease.
- It is one of the only birth control methods for women that may provide some protection against STIs.
- Since part of the external genitals are covered, there may be more protection against the STIs mentioned above than with male condoms.
- It can be inserted before intimacy begins, avoiding the need for interruption or for timing with an erection, as with a male condom.
- There are no side effects.
- No healthcare professional's visit, prescription, or fitting is needed. This is not true for many other forms of female birth control.
- Women do not seem to have much of a decrease in sensitivity with this method. A man's sensitivity also seems to be less affected than with a male condom. This may make a partner more willing to use this method.
- After ejaculation, a man does not need to withdraw his penis from the vagina right away. With a male condom, the penis should be withdrawn quickly.
- Its appearance is considered odd or unattractive by many who use it.
- It is expensive compared to a male condom. On average, a female condom costs about two dollars.
- It may be noisy or may slip, move, or break during use.
- It is currently sold as "one size fits all," and may be uncomfortable for some women.
- The outer ring may irritate the clitoris or labia.
- Information about its effectiveness and safety is limited.
Williams Obstetrics, 1997, Cunningham et al.
The JAMA website