The female condom is a birth control (contraceptive) device that acts as a barrier to keep sperm from entering the uterus. It protects against pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). The female condom is a soft, loose-fitting pouch with a ring on each end.
One ring is inserted into the vagina to hold the female condom in place. The ring at the open end of the condom remains outside the vagina. The outer ring helps keep the condom in place and is also used for removal.
The FC2 female condom is made of synthetic latex — safe for those with allergies to natural rubber latex — and is pre-lubricated with a silicone-based lubricant.
The female condom isn’t appropriate for everyone, however. You may want to consider another type of birth control if you:
Are allergic to polyurethane or synthetic latex
Are at high risk of pregnancy — you’re younger than age 30, you have sex three or more times a week, you’ve had previous contraceptive failure with vaginal barrier methods, or you’re not likely to consistently use the female condom
Aren’t comfortable with the insertion technique
Have vaginal abnormalities that interfere with the fit, placement or retention of the female condom
Condoms and female condoms are the only methods of birth control that also help prevent sexually transmitted infections. Use condoms or female condoms every time you have sex to help protect yourself against STDs. That’s an important part of taking care of yourself.