September 12, by Kim Whipkey. There are multiple female condom products available today. They may be the best kept secrets in reproductive health.
The female condom is a lubricated sheath worn by the female inside of her vagina during sex. There are two types: the original FC1 is made of polyurethane, a type of plastic, but was replaced by the FC2, which is made of nitrile, a type of synthetic rubber that is latex-free. The female condom acts as a barrier to sperm and many sexually transmitted infections by completely lining the vagina.
The female condom is a thin, soft, loose-fitting pouch or sheath with a flexible, soft ring on each end. One end of the female condom fits inside of the vagina to keep it in place, and the other end stays outside of the vagina. It is made from a synthetic, non-latex rubber called nitrile.
Condoms are thin pouches that keep sperm from getting into the vagina. There are male condoms and female condoms:. Condoms work by keeping semen the fluid that contains sperm from entering the vagina. The male condom is placed on the penis when it becomes erect.
The most popular and accessible type of condom is the male external condomwhich is placed on an erect penis just before sex. The male condom is an old form of contraception and STI protection —some suggest that the male condom dates back to ancient Egypt, but the first documented description of an male condom was by Italian anatomist Gabriello Fallopio in in his book De Morbo Gallico, as a method for preventing syphilis 1,2. Although not as well known, female condoms also exist.
A female condom also known as a femidom or internal condom is a device that is used during sexual intercourse as a barrier contraceptive to reduce the risk of sexually transmitted infections STIs — such as gonorrheasyphilisand HIVthough its protection against them is inferior to that by male condoms  and unintended pregnancy. Invented by Danish MD Lasse Hesselit is worn internally by the female partner and provides a physical barrier to prevent exposure to ejaculated semen or other body fluids. Female condoms can be used by the receptive partner during anal sex.
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The female condom is a thin, but very strong pouch, inserted into the vagina or the anus and can be used by both men and women for safe vaginal and anal sex. This type of condom is disposable and should be carefully removed and thrown away after use. People who want STD protection as much as they want pregnancy prevention, or who want to use a condom but are allergic to latex.
You may or may not realize that the female condoma. The revamped version is called the FC2, standing for—you guessed it—female condom 2. Putting in a female condom can be a sensual way to set the mood.