Female Condoms – Risks Associated With Using Them
The female condom is a birth control (contraceptive) device that acts as a barrier to keep sperm from entering the uterus. The female condom is a soft, loosefitting pouch with a ring on each end. One ring is inserted into the v**ina to hold the female condom in place. The ring at the open end of the condom remains outside the v**ina.
Only two female condoms — the FC1 female condom and its replacement the FC2 female condom — have Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval in the U.S. The FC1 female condom, which is made of plastic (polyurethane), is no longer being produced. The FC2 female condom is made of synthetic latex and is pre-lubricated with a silicone-based lubricant.
An estimated 21 out of 100 women will become pregnant in the first year of typical use of female condoms — usually because they don’t use condoms every time they have s*x.
The female condom has a higher failure rate than the male condom. Condom failure means it’s possible to contract sexually transmitted infections or become pregnant. The female condom may not protect you if:
The condom breaks
The condom slips out of the v**ina
The man-hood slips between the v**ina and the outside of the condom
The outer ring of the condom gets pushed into the v**ina during s*x
The female condom may also cause discomfort during insertion, a burning sensation, itching or a rash