The female condom, or 'Femidom', stops semen from meeting an egg by loosely lining the vagina to form a barrier.
Female condoms are made from very thin plastic called polyurethane, and if they're used correctly, they are 95% effective. Use a new one each time you have sex, and check the 'use by' date on the packet to make sure it's in date. A female condom can be put into the vagina any time before you have sex, but it must be inserted before the penis touches the vagina or genital area.
To insert a female condom, place the closed end into your vagina, holding the soft inner ring between your finger and thumb. Then push the condom as far up the vagina as possible, making sure that the outer ring stays outside the vagina at all times. Make sure that the penis enters the vagina inside the condom, and not in between the condom and the vaginal wall. You may also want to hold the outer ring in place during sex, as this will also make sure the condom is not accidentally pushed into the vagina.
To remove the condom after sex, twist the outer ring to keep the semen inside and gently pull out of the vagina. Wrap it up and throw it in a bin. Do not flush it down the toilet.
Female condoms are available free from family planning clinics, or they can be bought from pharmacies. However, they're not as widely available as male condoms.
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