The most popular and commonly accessible condom is the male (external) condom. However, female condoms are also available, yet they are not as widely recognised as male condoms. How effective are female condoms, and what are the benefits?
Female condoms are contraceptive devices that function as a barrier to prevent sperm from entering the uterus. The aim is to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
They differ from dental dams since they are put in the vaginal canal, as opposed to a barrier placed just outside of the vagina for oral sex. Female condoms are made from polyurethane – a thin, soft substance, which is sometimes used to make male condoms, too.
With correct use, female condoms are almost as effective at preventing pregnancy as male condoms, with a success rate of around 95 percent. This implies that 5 out of 100 women who use them correctly will become pregnant in a year. In comparison, just 2 out of 100 women who use male condoms correctly will become pregnant in a year .
Although many may regard female condoms as an invalid contraceptive method, statistics highlight that female condoms are still highly effective.
Whether or not you take birth control, and which method you opt for, is completely your decision. Certain women and couples may prefer female condoms to male condoms for the following reasons:
Female condoms are not for everyone. Some of the same criticisms that are levelled against alternative contraception methods, including male condoms, are also relevant to female condoms. Disadvantages include:
However, the above should not discourage you from trying female condoms as an alternative to your usual contraception. If you are interested in discovering what female condoms are all about, why not visit our shop and find out for yourself?
 WebMD: Female condoms
 Clue: Internal (female) condoms 101
 Mayo Clinic: Female condoms
 NHS: Female condoms
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