FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Sometimes people are too embarrassed, too busy, or just don’t know the right questions. The questions on this page should cover a lot of aspects of what you need to know though.

FEMALE CONDOMS

Why do we need female condom?

It provides them with an additional choice to protect themselves from sexually transmitted infections (STIs), HIV and unintended pregnancies. It is not intended as a replacement for the male condom but rather as an additional option for both women and men.

Why does the female condom seem so large?

A female condom is similar in length to a male condom. However, it is wider than a male condom as, once inserted, it lines the walls of the vagina and allows for movement of the penis inside the sheath. It also provides extra protection by covering part of the external female genitalia and the base of the penis.

Can I use the female condom during Menstruation?

The female condom does not interfere with menstruation and can therefore be used. However, the female condom should be inserted just before intercourse and removed soon after.

Can I use the female condom during pregnancy?

You can use the female condom when you are pregnant since the condom doesn’t move beyond the cervix. You can also use female condom after recently giving birth.

When can I insert the female condom?

The female condom can be inserted in advance of sexual intercourse and does not need to be taken out immediately after intercourse.

Can female condoms disappear inside my body?

The female condom covers the cervix. The diameter of the opening to the cervix is 1 mm to 3 mm so it is impossible for female condom to disappear inside your body.

Can female condom and a male condom be used together?

No, as the friction caused by the two condoms can lead to tearing of either one or both the condoms. Also, using one condom (male or female) provides equal protection to both partners.

Can I reuse the female condom?

No, reuse of any condom is not recommended – male or female. A new condom should be used every time you have intercourse.

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